The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has revealed that wealthy Nigerians are joining terrorism.
Osinbajo said apart from those participating in terrorism for financial rewards, he had seen well-to-do individuals being recruited into terrorists’ organizations.
The vice president was however, silent on the identities of these wealthy individuals.
The Senior Special Assistant to Prof. Osinbajo on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement Tuesday, quoted his boss to have said this at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday, while receiving the United States Special Envoy on Counter Terrorism Communication, Rashad Hussain.
The vice president, however, said the federal government would organise a campaign involving civil societies, the youth and non-governmental organisations, with a view to providing “positive counter narratives against those of violent groups like Boko Haram”.
He also hinted that the government would set up a crisis communication centre that provides information on violent and extremist ideology, especially in the North-east.
According to Osinbajo, the centre would help to “define and disseminate positive narratives that expose the evil of terrorism”.
The statement also quoted Hussain telling Vice President Osinbajo earlier that based on the United States’ experience and the happenings in other parts of the world, the Boko Haram terrorist group has a strong propaganda in the media.
He was also quoted to have emphasised that the media propaganda of the sect had to be countered.