- Members of Boko Haram in the north east are said to be earning a whooping $3,000 daily
- This was disclosed by a member of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), Sidi Mohammed, in Abuja
- Mohammed said the terrorist daily N1.08 million earning make Nigerian troops daily allowance of N1,000 ridiculous
A member of the Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), Sidi Mohammed, on Monday, April 29, said that Boko Haram fighters are receiving better pay more than Nigerian soldiers.
Mohammed who is the head of the humanitarian assistance and rehabilitation arm of the PCNI while speaking at the Presentation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Sub-Sahara Africa’s Economic Outlook Report, in Abuja said the terrorists receive a daily payment of $3,000 (N1,080,745.33) daily for the operations aimed at elongating the insurgency in the north east since 2014.
The PCNI member said the payment received by the terrorists make that of the N1,000 allownace paid to the Nigerian troops fighting insurgency in the region ridiculous.
He also added that the dreaded terrorists group, Boko Haram has been hijacked and operates like a cartel.
“I will give you an example. The Nigerian military for example, gets N1, 000 per day for being in the north east, at the war front, as an allowance.
“The same north east, where if you are a member of Boko Haram you get $3,000 per day as allowance. So it is lucrative. Sometimes, they even give you money upfront. So we must do something about the youth from where they are recruiting," Mohammed said.
Mohammed further called for the consideration out of amnesty for Boko Haram fighters in the region, only if it will guarantee peace in the region.
“If it is amnesty that will guarantee that peace, then we have to think of it," he said.
“Most importantly, we need to deplete the army of youth on the streets and take them away from the streets so that Boko Haram does not recruit them. Don’t forget, they (Boko Haram members) are being killed on daily basis but they are also recruiting on daily basis. They are getting people to recruit because it is lucrative," Mohammed added.
He noted that the federal government and all agencies involved in the effort to end terrorism in Nigeria must begin to think outside the box for a lasting solution to the menace.
"It is now more like a cartel. When you see the type of weapons they use, it is more sophisticated than the type of weapons that our military are using. As we are here discussing, if somebody here is a member of Boko Haram, he will not say anything.
“He goes out there to strategise and comes back. It, therefore, means the conventional ways of fighting warfare cannot work here. It, therefore, calls for thinking outside of the box," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Yusuf Buratai, on Monday, April 29, restated the commitment of the Nigeria Army to clean the country of terrorists.
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The COAS said this at the opening ceremony of the Nigeria Army Doctrine and Combat development workshop for junior officers which is presently taking place in Minna, Niger.
Buratai said that the workshop would help build the human capacity of the officers and help their professionalism.
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