Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, Nigeria’s Chief of Defence Staff, on Friday in Abuja, said that poverty and desperation were basically responsible for terrorism in North-Eastern Nigeria and across the globe.
Badeh stated this on the occasion of the donation of 3,000 books by a group, “Support Our Troops Foundation,’’ to the libraries of the Nigerian armed forces.
He said: “All these things happened because of poverty of the mind, poverty of education, poverty of the pocket, all manner of poverty and diseases. And it is like people feel life is not worth it.
“You live with insurgency once it starts in a country; it happens in every country, it is domestic terrorism.’’
He therefore urged Nigeria’s political leaders, especially those at the grassroots, to focus attention on how to improve the lot of the people to avoid the people’s possible revolt against them.
Explaining further, the CDS said: “What has happened with Boko Haram is a kind of revolution driven by hopelessness. “I like to call it hopelessness. That is why they went the way they have gone because I cannot see why you should chose to die rather than to live.
“It is a kind of hopelessness. Very soon, we will overcome all the major problems happening in the North East.’’
The CDS also acknowledged the fact that there was a criminal aspect of the Boko Haram insurgency, but gave assurance that measures were in place to address the issues.
He thanked Mrs Funmi Ogbue, Founder and Chief Executive of the Foundation for the gesture and implored Nigerians to keep on supporting the Nigerian military so as to end insurgency in the country.
“Nigeria is saved when the troops are motivated, when they are urged on and supported to do their work.
“Nigerian troops are very brave soldiers; we have shown it all over the world’’, Badeh said.
Earlier, Mrs Ogbue, in her remark, said that the recent successes recorded by troops showed that they could do more if encouraged.
She promised that the foundation would do more to encourage them and urged Nigerians to desist from campaign against the military in order to motivate them to defeat the insurgents.