Member of Presidential Committee on the North East Initiative (PCNI), Dr. Sidi Ali Mohammed, has revealed that Boko Haram received the sum of $3,000 payment as a daily allowance, for their efforts in prolonging the insurgency activities in the North-East since 2014.
Muhammad revealed these at the Presentation of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Sub-Sahara Africa’s Economic Outlook Report, yesterday Monday in Abuja.
He said while Nigerian troops in the war front According , received N1,000 payment as their daily allowance.
According to Sahara Reports, "Mohammed, who is the Head of the Humanitarian Assistance and Rehabilitation arm of the PCNI, stress that Boko Haram has been hijacked and operates like a cartel".
He said, “I will give you an example. The Nigerian military for example, gets N1, 000 per day for being in the North East, at the war front, as an allowance,
“The same North-East, where if you are a member of Boko Haram you get $3,000 per day as allowance. So it is lucrative. Sometimes, they even give you money upfront. So we must do something about the youth from where they are recruiting.”
He called for amnesty to curve the spreading of insurgency across Nigeria most especially in the North East, if that will bring lasting solution to the problems.
“If it is amnesty that will guarantee that peace, then we have to think of it," he said.
“Most importantly, we need to deplete the army of youth on the streets and take them away from the streets so that Boko Haram does not recruit them. Don’t forget, they [Boko Haram members] are being killed on daily basis but they are also recruiting on daily basis. They are getting people to recruit because it is lucrative.
"Part of the reason why this problem has refused to go away is the abundant natural resources in the Lake Chad Region. We need to think outside the box. It is now more like a cartel. When you see the type of weapons they use, it is more sophisticated than the type of weapons that our military are using.”
He described Boko Haram menace "like a guerilla warfare".
"As we are here discussing, if somebody here is a member of Boko Haram, he will not say anything," he said. “He goes out there to strategise and comes back. It, therefore, means the conventional ways of fighting warfare cannot work here. It, therefore, calls for thinking outside of the box.”