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‘Ex-Boko Haram Fighters Would Never Repent, Those Released Have Run Away’ – Senator Ndume

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Ali Ndume, senator representing Borno south, has warned the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the reintegration of ex-Boko Haram fighters into the society.

The senator gave the warning while speaking on a BBC Hausa service programme, saying the ex-Boko Haram terrorists would never repent.

According to him, “They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent.”

Ndume said, “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.

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

The Nigerian military had said it was 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.

Borno residents however had kicked against their reintegration.

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