Fresh recruitment into Boko Haram, not poverty driven -Investigation

IGP, Mr. Ibrahim Idris

New findings have revealed that majority of the fresh recruits into the rank of the deadly Boko Haram religious sect are well-educated, contrary to widely held belief that they were largely illiterates.
The finding is against the wrong belief that suicide bombers were illiterates, who had been brainwashed by their masters on the need for them to carry out deadly attacks on their fellow humans.
Only last week, the World Bank debunked assumptions about terror groups, having discovered that the proportion of those interested in suicidebombing missions among fresh recruits has been increasing daily.
Amongst similar murderous organisations across the globe such as ISIS, it is ideal for the recruitment officers to call out others to join their holy war, convincing them that they would go straight to Aljanah should they die as a Muhajeedeen.
Recruits into the Islamic State terror group are better educated than their average countrymen, contrary to popular belief, according to the new World Bank study.
As revealed by “Economic and Social Inclusion to Prevent Violent Extremism”, those offering to become suicide bombers ranked on average in the more educated group.
The study, which aimed to identify socio-economic traits that might explain why some are drawn to the Nigerianbased terror with particular reference to Syria-based terror group, it was declared that, “poverty and deprivation were not at the root of support for the groups.
“Almost without exception, fighters joining IS’s Syria and Iraq-based forces had several more years of education in their home countries — whether in Europe, North Africa or elsewhere in the Middle East — than the average citizen”.
The report added that, “Poverty is not a driver of radicalization into violent extremism.”
However, it noted that a significant number of those choosing “suicide fighter” as their preferred option when enlisting, said that they had not been employed back in their home country or that they were in the military before joining the group, also known by its Arabic acronym, Daesh.
“Looking at measures of economic inclusion shows a strong association between a country’s male unemployment rate and the propensity of that country to supply Daesh foreign recruits,” the report said, adding, “Unemployment among the educated leads to a greater probability to hold radical ideas.”