TERRORISM in Nigeria is
just taking root and would soon
germinate to a status similar to
what is obtainable in the Middle
East, according to Chairman of
the Northern Nigeria Governors’
Forum, Alhaji Kashim Shettima.
The governor said Boko Haram
insurgency that has ravaged
Northern Nigeria for some seven
years, has been a fertile ground for
breeding deadlier terror groups
whose impact would soon be felt
Shettima, who yesterday alerted
that Nigeria may not know peace
even after the defeat of the Boko
Haram insurgency, said there are
numerous indications that the
country may be faced with worse
terror groups soonest and that
the state does not really know
the gravity of the Boko Haram
insurgency poses for the future of
Speaking during the visit of a
team from the United Nations led
by its Resident Co-ordinator in
Nigeria, Ms. Fatma Samoura, the
Borno State Governor warned that
the capitulation of Boko Haram
may not necessarily be the end of
such experience in the country.
Shettima, who said: “Boko
Haram may be an appetizer for
worse things to come unless we put
our thinking caps on,” stressing
that there are signals everywhere to
show that the world needs to pay
more attention to the activities of
the insurgent group.
He also said the international
community should take more than
a casual note of the happenings in
the Northeast region in order to
avert worse crisis even after the
on-going Boko Haram crisis was
He lamented that the Boko
Haram insurgency was a child of
extreme poverty that has continued
to ravage the sub-Saharan Africa
especially the zone which the
North-East happened to fall within.
“The signals are there all over; the
North is going to be inhabited by
over 70 percent of Nigeria in 2050
when the nation’s population is
expected to be the third largest in the
world with over 400 million people.
“There has to be conceited effort
from the rest of the world to handle
the disaster waiting to happen,” he
said, noting that unless the United
Nations, African Union and other
international organisations come to
the aid of Nigeria, Boko Haram like
the ISIS would hurt the continent

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