Islamic militants group Boko Haram have over the past years been involved in several violently activities such as abduction, bombings and annihilations, mostly in the northern part of Nigeria.
However, the militant group has taken a weird shape after they start to recruit new hands and also promise to pay each candidate N20,000.
According to SaharaReporters the insurgents group distributed rice, beans, millet, maize, sugar, spageheti including cash gifts.
The Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), previously called Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād were seen sharing Ramadan welfare packages to residents of Borno and Yobe states.
Reports online revealed that a security source said the gesture was to persuade the villagers to enroll in the group’s ranks as millitant.
Despite breaking away from the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram faction in 2016, the population of its fighters had roughly doubled those of the latter according to estimates.
“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.
Also, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has disclosed the same remark.
“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.