Some freed Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram
At least 54,000 women have been turned to widows because of Boko Haram’s terror between 2011 and February 2017.
The Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who said this on Monday at the 2017 Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture, disclosed that Boko Haram destroyed 5,335 classrooms in 541 schools.
Shettima said, “Virtually all our schools are being rebuilt in Borno. As I said earlier, a total number of 5,335 classrooms in 503 primary schools and 38 high schools and two tertiary institutions were destroyed in the state.”
“Believe me, unless we wear our thinking caps as leaders, the future is very bleak. We either take advantage of the demography and its dividends or reap demographic disaster. As I said in Washington, Syria has a population of less than 30 million people. I think it is in the interest of the Western world to see that Nigeria works. Just two million Syrians knocking on the door of Europe and the Europeans have become agitated. What do you say of about 30 million English-speaking Africans knocking on the door of Europe?
“And in Nigeria, South is the Atlantic Ocean; up North is the Sahara desert. We can eat up the food reserves in Niger, Mauritania and all the countries in the Sahel within a week. The other side is Togo which is not bigger than Ogun State.”
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo asked political and religious leaders to emulate great leaders like Murtala Mohammed, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. by embracing peace and not violence .