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Published On: Thu, May 15th, 2014

Poverty, unemployment, promote insecurity-Senate

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From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina

A joint committee of Nigerian Senate has attributed the worsening state of insecurity in Nigeria to poverty and unemployment.

The Senate Joint Committee on National Security, Defence, Army, Police Affairs and Interior, stated this, while fielding questions from newsmen in Katsina.

Responding to a question on growing insecurity in the country, Chairman of the committee, Gen. Muhammad Magoro (rtd) said poverty and unemployment are the cause, but insisted that the current insecurity has nothing to do with bad governance.

Magoro said what the nation needed was proper surveillance of its border so as to ensure regulation of persons coming in or going out of the country, but declined to comment on the need to fence the nation’s border.

He said the Joint Committee was on an assessment visit to six northern states comprising Adamawa, Borno, Yobe, Katsina, Benue and Nasarawa hit by bug of insecurity.

He said the committee was on a fact-finding mission, noting that in Katsina state, the committee “will visit Faskari LG and talk with stakeholders and other victims of this criminality before going to Zamfara”.

Although Gen Magoro did not give an inkling into the committee’s finding, he however said there was nothing wrong with Nigeria seeking foreign help on the rescue of abducted girls.

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