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‘Repentant’ Boko Haram Members Will Wreak More Havoc, Says Senator Ndume

The repentant Boko Haram insurgents reintegrated with their communities are likely going to so more harm than good says Senator Ali Ndume who hails from Borno State.

This is just as he disclosed that a repentant Boko Haram member who recently integrated with his community has killed his father, stole his wealth and disappeared.

The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram fighters.

The aim of the operation, the military had also said, is to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into society.

About 600 ex-Boko Haram members completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration (DRR) programme in July.

But while speaking on a BBC Hausa service programme, Ndume asked the government to stop rehabilitating ex-insurgents because they would never repent.

“This government’s programme is unacceptable to our people. The right thing is to stop it, forthwith,” he said.

“Not that they even apologised to you, they apologised to the government with the thinking that government has failed and that is why they are being pampered,” he said.

“They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent.

“The government should know what to do about them. But not re-introducing someone to you, who has killed your parent, or your relations.

“If there is sincerity of purpose in this, those in the IDP camps should be trained in various trades and vocation so that they could start life again.”

The BBC also featured a widow, who condemned the programme because Boko Haram insurgents killed her husband.

“This thing is hurting .They killed my husband in my presence , they killed my son. I’m left suffering with four young orphans. Till death, I will never forget that day.

“I was left with orphans, with no help or assistance .See how harsh life is today, someday we eat, another day we stay hungry. That is how we are suffering with the children.

“Look at the kind of care giving to the Boko Haram members. We that have suffered for 6 years now, we are not taken care of. But the repentant Boko Haram, truly government has not done justice here,’ she said.

Asked on how she was coping with life, the woman said all her remaining children were out of school.

“I am always washng, I do menial jobs to get N500 and take care of the children,” she said.

A male victim also told the BBC that Boko Haram insurgents killed their relations and chased them out of their home.

“They killed four of my close relations. In what capacity are we going to stay with them again?. Do we see them as human beings or animals? She asked.

“Or do they want us to meet them and take revenge? There will be a serious problem,” he warned.

“They should go to Gwoza and Bama. Many of the repentant insurgents have rejoined the insurgency. There is nothing you can do to change a Boko Haram,” he said.


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