Islamic State West Africa Province(ISWAP) otherwise known as Boko Haram have given out welfare packages to some Indigenes of Yobe and Borno state for the in celebration of Ramadan festivities.
It was gathered that the distributed items include rice, beans, millet, spaghetti, sugar, as well as cash.
Sources stated that the surprise gesture was done in in order to convince the villagers to join the militant group.
“Imagine, they (insurgents) claimed that the gesture was aimed at assisting villagers to perform Ramadan fast and Sallah with ease and happiness, the same villagers they killed their friends and family members,”
Investigations carried out by the International Crisis Group, a non-profit think tank in 2019, proves that the approach employed by the militant sect to recruit new members has been effective in the past.
The population of Boko-Haram has somehow doubled since 2016, despite the break-away from Abubakar Shekau
“Although its leadership has been largely ethnic Kanuri, ISWAP has recruited significantly among lacustrine communities, notably the ethnic Buduma, many of whom earn a living from fishing,” the group wrote.
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) another investigative body had made similar observations in the same year.
“As part of this approach, the ideological aspect of the crisis must be dealt with. The ability of the group to recruit is one of the biggest reasons for its expansion, and so a deeper understanding of its recruitment patterns and operating mechanisms is crucial,” ISS senior researcher Remadji Hoinathy warned in May 2019.