Presidency - Repentant Boko Haram members not absorbed into army

Repentant Boko Haram members not absorbed into army

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Repentant Boko Haram members not absorbed into army

Presidency - Repentant Boko Haram members not absorbed into army

Rumours that repentant Boko Haram members are being absorbed into the Nigerian Army has been countered by the Presidency.

Garba Shehu, the spokesperson of the President released a statement where it was emphatically stated that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations.

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The Presidency made it known that the programme does not have a place for hard boiled, ideologically hardened terrorists.

It said that it only admits, after careful scrutiny, repentant fighters that were captured and forced to bear arms in the first instance, and there are many who have been drafted by force.

It reads,

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"Now that groups with hitherto proven bona fides, some religious leaders and a few in the legislature have joined the supply chain of fake news, it important that we step in to clear the false reports that the administration is absorbing repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the military.

It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram and there is no such plan for their absorption.

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None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government's de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military.

This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.

The public needs to be reassured that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations."

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