Benin - Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State on Sunday said the Nigeria military was competent to tackle the insurgency problem in the country.
Kwankwaso, a former Minister of Defence between 2003 and 2007, stated this during a media chat with journalists in Benin.
He said the army was as competent as he left it in 2007.
Kwanwaso, who expressed confidence in the military’s ability to deal with the challenge of insecurity in the North East, however said the Federal Government must display the political will to tackle the problem.
The governor said there was no relationship between declaration of Sharia law in part of the North and Boko Haram.
He said that Nigerians, irrespective of ethnicity, must rise to the challenge of the insecurity by fighting the menace.
He urged the Federal Government to mobilise all its resources to ensure peace reigned in the North East of the country.
According to him, the military is well trained and competent to defend the country.
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Kwankwaso said more than four million people have been displaced following the security challenges in the North East and blamed the situation on poverty and illiteracy in the country, especially in the North East.
He said the relative peace being enjoyed in Kano State today was largely due to the investment of his government on education and wealth creation.
The governor disclosed that as part of his investment on education, the state was presently sponsoring the university education of 3 000 students in various disciplines in 14 countries of the world.
He also said for the purpose of uniting Nigerians, his government was also working on exchange of students between different states of the country.