MAIDUGURI — The Special Adviser to Borno state Governor on Security Brigadier General Abdullahi Ishaq (Rtd) has announced that the Borno state government has reintegrated five hundred repentant Boko Haram insurgents that have recently surrendered into the society.
He however said the defection of the fighters has generated a lot of anxiety from residents as many have expressed doubt about their sincerity.
Brigadier General Ishaq disclosed this at a policy dialogue on Reconstruction and Reintegration as a means to Enhancing Sustainable Peace and Security in Maiduguri.
He explained that the coordinated military campaign has also resulted in the mass surrendering of over thirty-five thousand Boko Haram and Islamic State for West Africa Province ISWAP fighters and their families.
“The hybrid non-kinetic approach adopted by the military and the state government informed the recent mass surrender.
“This informed a policy dialogue organised by Peace Ambassadors for Humanitarian Aid and other stakeholders to discuss better ways of reintegrating the repentant insurgents,” he said.
The Special Adviser called for the support of all stakeholders to achieve the needed result.
General Ishaq disclosed that three Chibok girls have recently been rescued while many unaccompanied children have been reunited with their parents in the course of the reintegration process.
In a remark, Coordinator Peace Ambassadors Centre for Humanitarian Aid Ahmed Shehu noted that surrendering of the repentant insurgents has provided an opportunity for humanitarian actors to reach additional vulnerable people in the liberated areas.
“The reason why we are gathered here is to discuss and come up with all-inclusive and homegrown policy and practice change that will complement and support the efforts of the government and other stakeholders in ensuring effective, efficient, and sustainable reconstruction and reintegration in Borno state,” he said.
In a presentation, the Director Centre for Disaster Risk Management and Development Studies University of Maiduguri Dr. Abubakar Monguno called for a deliberate policy to manage the defectors as a significant number of people have indicated willingness for the repentants to be integrated.