- A group has accused Nigerian politicians of being the lead cause of terrorism and banditry in the country
- The group, Nigeria Diaspora Community for Peace (NDCP) said, many politicians have failed to fulfil their campaign promises to youths in their communities
- According to the group, the criminal activities in various communities across the country spring up when the abandoned youths become desperate to survive
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Some well-meaning Nigerians in the diaspora have blamed failed promises by politicians for growing activities of Boko Haram terrorists and bandits despite the remarkable efforts of the military.
The Nigeria Diaspora Community for Peace (NDCP) said it arrived at this conclusion after direct interface and interaction with community members through delegated visits to affected areas and political leaders.
The president of the group, Elisha Longpet, in a statement issued from Scotland, said the group discovered that politicians return to their roots only during campaigns and disappear as soon they are elected.
The statement added that Boko Haram, bandits and other criminal elements would then capitalise to recruit desperate youths abandoned by the politicians.
"Terrorism has persisted because of the inability of politicians in Borno to fulfil their promises to the youths," Longpet said.
He said that the group also discovered that Nigerian politicians usually travel to their constituencies and make promises to the youths, but immediately they win their elections, they switch off their phones and make themselves inaccessible to the youths.
He said the politicians usually promise the youths jobs in choice government agencies, capital to start businesses, cars, motorcycles and even cash without plans to fulfil their promises.
Calling for a bridge in communication lines, Longpet said communities must be encouraged to have first-hand untraceable reports to the security agencies.
He also said that security agencies should be encouraged to maintain a presence at the fishing routes to avoid syndicate collaboration with the insurgents and smuggling.
"To win the peace in the north, all politicians particularly governors, ministers and lawmakers must be asked to return home to sit with the youths same way they did during the electioneering period and discuss the wellbeing of the youths whom they have abandoned," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that people were suspected killed by members of the Boko Haram sect in Puciwa and Koleram communities in Magumeri council area of Borno state.
The residents of the communities were said to have been attacked by terrorists who launched an attack in the area.
The acting secretary of Magumeri council, Mallam Wali said the attackers injured 16 other villagers and rustled cattle, sheep and goats.
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