‘They’ll Never Repent’ — Ndume Asks FG to Stop Rehabilitating Ex-Boko Haram Fighters

Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, has openly opposed the reintegration of ex-Boko Haram fighters into the society.

The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative to deradicalize and rehabilitate ex-Boko Haram fighters.

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

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

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

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

“Not that they even apologized to you, they apologized 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.”

Borno residents had earlier kicked against reintegration by saying they should be taken to the government house instead of the society.

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