Wife of the Borno Governor, Nanna Kashim Shetimma on Thursday blamed the socio-economic downturn in the state on the activities of Boko Haram.
Shetima made this known in an interview with newsmen at the ongoing 7th summit of the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM).
She said that peace was a very necessary ingredient for the development of any country and that it would be impossible for development to occur in any community that lacked peace.
“As we all know, peace is a public goal, without it we can’t discover ourselves. Sincerely speaking, the issue of insecurity is now becoming out of control, I am from Borno state, I know the consequences we are facing.
“Sincerely speaking, no one can actually tell you what really Boko Haram really is but to the best of my knowledge I will say the social and economic problem that we are facing across the region is a 100 per cent cause of Boko Haram.
“The issue of Boko Haram is a very sensitive issue, I am a Muslim, I know my religion always preach of peace in which that is the definition of Islam itself.
The Borno governor’s wife said that the governor was committed to ensuring lasting peace in the troubled state.
She said that though Boko Haram seemed to be a religious militant group, no one could say precisely what it stood for.
She commended Nigeria’s First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan for her peace efforts in Africa through the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission.
“I want to use this medium to commend the efforts of our first lady for gathering all our women within and outside the continent to share our views to sustain a lasting peace, not only within our country but within the entire African continent.”
She called on the media to portray the image of the country to the world positively.