Amaechi urges Fed Govt to fund education, tackle poverty
Rivers State Governor Rotimi Ameachi has said the solution to the Boko Haram insurgency is adequate funding of education and a sincere fight against poverty among North’s youths.
The governor said Boko Haram has nothing to do with Muslim or Christian belief because it is a product of ignorance and poverty.
He said: “Since the insurgency started, a number Muslims have been killed in various attacks across the North. The missing Chibok girls are a combination of Muslims and Christians.”
Ameachi, who is the chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), spoke yesterday in Sokoto, where he inaugurated a modern agricultural skills acquisition centre at Rimawa in Goronyo Local Government Area.
The governor said the earlier the Federal Government funded education well and fought poverty sincerely in the North, the better.
He said: “The militancy in the South is a result of the same factors, which have now stopped, following Federal Government’s intervention with adequate resources.
“The same thing should be done in the North.”
Ameachi faulted President Goodluck Jonathan for linking Boko Haram activities with states under the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North.