Poverty is not the cause of Boko Haram – Abdulsalami Abubakar Reviewed by Momizat on . Former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has stated that the current security challenges  in some parts of the country is not caused by pove Former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has stated that the current security challenges  in some parts of the country is not caused by pove Rating:
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Poverty is not the cause of Boko Haram – Abdulsalami Abubakar

Former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has stated that the current security challenges  in some parts of the country is not caused by poverty but by misguided youths. 

He made this known while answering questions from journalists who were at his country home in Minna, the Niger state capital for prayers to mark his 70th birthday,

The retired general noted that contrary to some insinuations, the security challenge in northern Nigeria is not because of poverty, noting that there are poorer countries than Nigeria that are not facing similar challenges.

He labelled members of the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, as ‘misguided youths’. He however appealed to the sect to sheathe their sword and give peace a chance.

The General also cautioned politicians across the country to stop talking about the 2015 general elections, because it can heat the polity.

The last military Head of State noted that talking or strategising about the 2015 election now, will only serve as a distraction to the incumbent leadership in the country, who still have three more years before the next elections.

He appealed to politicians to avoid politics of bitterness and join hands with the present administration, noting that “democracy in Nigeria is not perfect yet but a work in progress.”

To mark his 70th birthday anniversary, General Abubakar stated that he’s got no regrets whatsoever in his existence.

“I have no regrets but I thank God. By the grace of God, God has lifted me to the highest level anybody can attain and I thank God. I am 70 years old, I am married with grandchildren and I am proud of them and my family. I thank all of them but I don’t have any regrets”, he said.

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  • mayorala

    You are true elder statesman from the day you handed over you’ve always chatted a way forward from our present situations. God bless and grant you your heart desires, he who has ears should listen to him, CPC & ACN alliance for 2015 take note.

  • http://twitter.com/formulareee umar Harlarny

    wow, i love this. i wish every Nigerian both leaders and masses could think this way. ACN and CPC, you got a lot to change in you. take this man as a role model for yourselves.

  • @kunle

    I love all u said except this “God has lifted me to the highest level anybody can attain and I thank God…”. The truth is that there is no limit to what man can achieve. If your achievement represents your limit, then you should wish others,  that come after you , would  surpass that limit. Anyhow, I feel your point n I do assume that you were not as critical (with that point) as I. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XH5P6GCG75ESBA57MPCR5Z72T4 Lavard

       @Kunle, the highest level he is talking about is attaining 70yrs and seeing his Children and Grand Children all healthy.

  • Golumide

    A true Nigerian. I wish you all the best Life still has for you. It is well 

  • emilo

    Gud one there. Tnx and hapi birthday

  • http://twitter.com/JONATHANISRIGHT LEONARD OWUNDIWEH

    Count your blessings , name them one by one thats what one of the holy book said…..Along that line l must say l am happy for Abdulsalami  Abubakar. That been said l must say l totally disagree to his statement that BH  are as a result of misguided youths . These youths are guided by the leaderships of northern leaders and the caliphs . What they have been doing , the killing , the destructions , the distractions  and the setting  back of progress of the north and  indeed the country is well in line by the orders of a guided leader. So Abdulsalami Abubabkar should shot his mouth up , if he lacks the understanding of what is going on in nigeria . He must not mix BH with his blessing as he counts them one by one .

    • M DIXON DIKIO

      The respected elder expressed his opinion which you have a right to disagree with but does that include abusing him? Do you have a father and do you talk to him like asking him to shut his mouth? Freedom of expression is not foolishness.

  • emmy

    This is a sensible talk Sir, this all about the bad lecture the past leader that wanted power at all cost has been given to the senseless youth..

  • Anick4u2000

    The rtd General has corrected what has been agitating my mind each time i hear people talk about poverty as the cause of terrorism in the north. He equally said ‘security challenges in the northern nigeria’ which is true; while some say ‘security challenges in ‘some parts of the country’, which is not true.  It is ‘in the northern part of nigeria’ as the General has noted above.  But one is tempted to note here that our security agencies and the fg are not telling themselves the truth. They cant claim they cant get at the root correspondences (IT wise) between the terrorists and their sponsors. Especially now gsm providers have registered almost all subscribers.  The terrorists cant be communicating without making calls.  Finally, right from the mayhem of Maitasine to the present bh, i have not heard any prosecution of these religious buffons being convicted. But one Emeka Ezeugo of praying ministry was tried and immediately condemned to death for killing one of his adherents.  I dont like talking about anything that concerns Nigeria. Am sick of the ways things are done here. BLACK MAN!!!!!!!!!!!! AND HIS TRIBALISM

  • http://yahoo.com/ Axeman777

    That’s the kind of truth the Northern oligarchy hate listening to. Abubakar, tell Ur brothers this home truth up North. I feel the north, wilth their military wing-Boko Haram will ultimately cause the break-up of Nigeria. And who says this will be a bad thing?

  • Bashirsec

    Hmmmm……Abdulsalami Abubakar so called elder statesman,point of correction,poverty and unemployment are the primary causes of conflict and current security challenges facing nigeria.

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