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Boko Haram threatens to bomb varsities •3-day fasting in UI over bomb scare •44% Nigerians want Boko Haram tackled by force

13 September 2011

A research group, NOI/Gallup, on  Monday, said that its researches on the incessant attack of  innocent citizens of the country by Boko Haram revealed that 44 per cent of Nigerians want the Islamic sect tackled with force while 33 per cent want dialogue.

The group, in a release made available to the Nigerian Tribune, stated that Nigerians  tilted more towards a Federal Government response as a way of containing the menace arguing that 44 per cent of respondents in its August snap polls opted for military prosecuted forceful containment.

It further disclosed that, “a majority of respondents (52 per cent) still have strong faith in the Federal Government’s ability to protect them. On the opposing side, 35 per cent do not believe that government has shown a demonstrable capacity for providing security for Nigerians.

“Of the number that won’t vouch for government’s ability, 32 per cent prefer an invitation to foreign security agencies to handle the situation. 20 per cent think if government provides the police with more training and modern equipment, they would do a better job, while 13 per cent  want the Federal Government to increase the number of police in every state.”

In another research to gauge Nigerians’ position on the minimum wage controversy, an issue which has pitted many state governments against the Federal Government for its unilateral pronouncement of N18,000  as minimum wage, a figure many state claim they can not afford; 80 per cent of the respondents gave an overwhelming assent to the Federal Government’s pronouncement.

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