Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said there are different strands of the Boko Haram sect.
Fayemi made the remarks Tuesday at an interactive session at Chatham House, London. He said because criminal activities seem to pay in Nigeria, groups or sections of the community that feel aggrieved resort to criminality to attract attention and achieve their objectives.
"Boko Haram has many strands. There is political Boko Haram; there is ethnic Boko Haram; there is religious Boko Haram; and there is economic Boko Haram", he said.
"The most devastating of them is the economic Boko Haram which is crippling the country," he said, noting that some criminal gangsters have become multi-millionaires over-night by resorting to crime.
The governor, who chairs the security committee of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, said attacks on churches are not attacks on Christians per se, but a deliberate strategy by the groups to attract maximum attention and cause chaos and anarchy in the country.
Fayemi presented a paper titled "The Challenge of Change: Democracy and Development in Ekiti State".