Governor Aliyu Wamakko
Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, Sunday has dismissed insinuations that the security challenges bedevilling the North is caused by poverty.
Wamakko made the assertion in an interview monitored on the Hausa service of the British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) in Sokoto at the weekend.
He blamed the insecurity and violence in the region on some individuals and groups that have certain views about governance.
He maintained that the security challenges was not caused by poverty, as there are some advanced countries that are still grappling with similar security challenges.
“I don’t think that the security challenge we are currently facing in the North is caused by poverty because some developed countries are also grappling with such problems,”Wamakko said.
The governor dismissed the notion that it was a northern affair, saying the issue of security challenge affects the whole country.
He recalled that the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and militancy in the Niger Delta had always been considered as issues that are affecting the entire country.
Wamakko wondered why it was different with the security challenge currently ravaging the North.
The governor pointed out that northern governors have been working hard to tackle unemployment and other problems, with a view to restoring peace in the region.
He expressed optimism that, with concerted efforts by all Nigerians and fervent prayers, the security challenge would be tackled.
Wamakko stated that his administration was striving hard to generate employment for the teeming youths in the state.