Boko Haram providing services to Borno communities - Catholic Archbishop raises alarm

Boko Haram providing services to Borno communities - Catholic Archbishop raises alarm

- Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso-Manoso decried the lack of government presence in some Borno communities

- The religious leader said insecurity starts from where there is absence of government

- The cleric claimed this has allowed Boko Haram take charge of these communities

Most Rev. Mathew Ndagoso-Manoso who is the catholic archbishop of Kaduna diocese has raised alarm over what he described as lack of government presence in some communities in Borno state.

This Day reports that the religious leader spoke at the beginning of the Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association which took place in Kaduna.

He said the lack of government presence in these communities have made them vulnerable to terrorism claiming Boko Haram was now providing essential services to them.

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The archbishop called on the priests to discuss frankly security challenges in the country.

Insecurity starts from where there is absence of government. The absence of government in certain parts of the country has brought us to where we are today. Our problem has always been the management of resources of the land.”

The religious cleric said the current situation has allowed terrorism to fester, describing it as dangerous.

He said: “Something is happening right now whether the government knows or not; it is that the splinter group of the Boko Haram is providing services to communities in Borno. They are collecting taxes because of the absence of government. This is dangerous.”

Meanwhile, a United Nations official said on Monday, June 17, that land degradation and competition over access to land and water had triggered more bloody conflicts in Nigeria than Boko Haram.

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Ibrahim Thiaw, executive secretary of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), said: “More lives have been claimed in conflicts over access to land and water than Boko Haram.

“Every day, you have more conflicts between people that are competing for access to land and water. The root cause of the competition is access to natural resources,” the UN official told NAN on the sidelines of 2019 World Day to Combat Desertification in the Turkish capital.

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