The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar El-Kanemi, and different conventional leaders in Borno State have mentioned it is going to be tough to reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into their communities.
They expressed fears over the de-radicalisation of repentant members of Boko Haram by the Nigerian Army underneath its Safe Corridor programme.
However, El-Kanemi mentioned the thought was comparatively welcome however famous that the folks would proceed to be haunted by the horrors of the 12-year insurgency, particularly residents of communities the place the repentant insurgents are to be included.
“The Safe Corridor programme of the Nigerian Army led to the de-radicalisation of repentant terrorists in Gombe State. But it will be very difficult if not impossible for us to reintegrate the repentant insurgents into our destroyed communities,” he mentioned, including that Bama township and its school of training had been overtaken by Boko Haram in September 2014.
The insurgents had been reported to have killed 13 district heads and a number of other ward heads in 16 native authorities areas of the state.
“It is easy to forgive for the destruction of many lives and property, but difficult to forget the wanton loss of lives in the various communities of my Chiefdom,” the Shehu of Borno mentioned.
“Many people were killed along with their property for 12 years. And you people and the media expect us to forget and forgive the repentant terrorists?”
On Tuesday, the Nigerian Army in an announcement by its spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, introduced that no fewer than 1,000 Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (a Boko Haram offshoot) members had laid down their arms and surrendered to the troops.
SaharaReporters was advised that the repentant fighters had been 335, whereas their members of the family had been 746 ladies and youngsters, including as much as 1,081 individuals.
Among the repentant terrorists had been the logistics suppliers for the Boko Haram and ISWAP, Musa Adamu, aka Mala Musa Abuja, and his second-in-command, Usman Adamu, who turned themselves in to the troops of Operation Hadin Kai of the Nigerian Army.