Nigerian Govt Flies Repentant Boko Haram Fighters’ To Borno
About 25 alleged repentant Boko Haram members, including children and their wives, have arrived in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
The ex-fighters surrendered to troops in the Niger Republic and was flown home in a military aircraft.
They were accompanied by soldiers led by a major-general Bamidele Shafa, the coordinator of the Federal Government Safe Corridor program.
According to Shafa “We have just delivered 25 persons, comprising men, women, and children,” he said.
He disclosed that the Nigerien government contacted Nigeria to take them home after the ex-fighters surrendered
“So we have brought them home safely and handed them to the Borno State government for onward rehabilitation as part of the Operation Safe Corridor de-radicalization programme,” he said.
“We are using this opportunity to encourage those that are still in the bush come out because the president of the Federal Republic has given them an open arm to drop their weapons and embrace peace.”
The alleged ex-fighters were received by the Borno State Commissioner of Women Affairs, Zuwaira Gambo.
Gambo said, “will provide them with psychosocial support, feed them, clothe them, and give some form of education and skills acquisition.”
She said the Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum had equipped a skill acquisition centre where the repentant fighters are to gain skills to enable them to return to the society.
“before they are reunited with their families.”
It’s A Recycling Of Terrorism In Nigeria, Says Okei-Odumakin
Meanwhile the convener of Nigerians Unite Against Terror, Dr Joe Oke-Odumakin has kicked against the recycling of terrorism in the country.
She described the bill seeking to create an agency that would see to the rehabiliation, deradicalization and integration of repepentant Boko Haram terrorist as a means of recycling terrorism.
Okei-Odumakin argued that one of the many roles of politicians was to promote the citizens safety.
She said, “We strongly feel that the bill offers further concessions to Boko Haram militants still terrorising the country which would further embolden them.
“There is an insinuation that terrorism in the entire North-East was raised and promoted by some politicians.
“What started as recruitment and indoctrination of young minds against the value system of Western world, has now snowballed into killing innocent civilians and uniformed men irrespective of creed and religion.
“We rise in unison as a people of conscience and condemn such cruelty and assault on our collective value for life.”