#BounceExclusive: This Imam Knows Why Boko Haram Attacked Mainok Area
When Boko Haram members come to a community, a few things are always on their minds – to get food, get money from residents and murder.
Those who have nothing to sell and raise money are usually the victims.
Boko Haram members attacked Mainok, a community in Kaga Local Government Area of Borno State, on Wednesday, but they encountered the military and engaged in a gun battle that led to the death of 10 of their members.
Bounce News had visited an Internally Displaced Peoples’ camp in Benisheik, a town after Mainok on the same day the attack occurred.
After the attack, the Chief Imam of Kaga, Usman Abdallah, said attacks had continued because of some issues that have not been addressed in the area.
Mainok is predominantly occupied by farmers, even though there are few government offices in the area.
It had been liberated by troops and reconstruction has commenced.
A representative of the Iman that spoke to Bounce News after the attack, Grema Abdallah, said the level of poverty in the land and the fact that some educated persons are not employed have contributed to why insurgency continues to thrive.
Mr Abdallah is also a displaced indigene of Mainok, but he has managed to rent a place in Maiduguri which is just less than an-hour--thirty-minutes drive from Mainok.
It appears more members of the community are still joining the dissident group that will always offer the jobless persons money, luring them to commit crimes in exchange for cash.
"When an individual is idle, he either takes to crime or good act to keep himself busy,” he said, emphasising the need for more job opportunities to be created.
"To bring a total end to the insurgency, the government has to continue to give more resources to the people at the grassroots to reduce poverty and with that there will be a gradual end to terror
“If the youths have things to do, they will not have time to mingle with peer groups that could jeopardise their future,” he said.
“Some have diploma, some degree but they have no job,” he added.
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Access to guns is one thing that the Iman mentioned, and he asked the government to check proliferation of arms.
Women have been made widows, children fatherless and most of them have been left hopeless.
According to Mr Abdallah, the government had, under its rehabilitation programme, ensured that some of the children affected by insurgency have returned to school, a development he expressed delight over.
But he wants the government to provide more assistance to widows and orphans who have become Boko Haram's most willing recruits.