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How to tackle terrorism – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar, on
Tuesday highlighted steps that should be taken by
the Federal Government to tackle terrorism in the

The Sultan explained that Nigeria must focus on
rebuilding the socio-economic life of citizens,
particularly those living in Northeast where
terrorism thrives.

The monarch said this in his address after he was
installed as the Chancellor of the University of
Ibadan during the institution’s 67th Foundation Day
in Ibadan on Tuesday.

Reeling out staggering data on the deplorable state
of socio-economic life in the north as a whole,
Abubakar said there are more than 2.5 million out-
of-school children (popularly called Almajiri) in
some states in the north.

He explained that the figure is higher than those
enrolled in school in some states to underscore the
enormity of the problem in the area.

Abubakar said poor socio-economic factors help
terrorism thrive because the “youths are not
gainfully engaged and their mind is not developed.”

He pointed out that insurgency has displaced over
two million people in the area with attendant
implications on health and social infrastructures.

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