- Some Boko Haram members in jail have now realised that there is no harm in western education
- Some of them have now shown interest in western education as 157 of them sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Exermination
- According to report, many of Boko Haram members in jail have also embraced vocational studies behind bars
Despite their aversion to western education, Boko Haram members who are in jail have now shown interest in western education as 157 of them sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
The disclosure was made by the controller general of prisons, Ja’afaru Ahmed, who also said some of those that sat for the exams were processing their admissions to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that many of the inmates who are in jail as a result of their activities and membership of the Boko Haram terrorist sect have also embraced vocational studies behind bars.
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Ahmed said: “Our dear country has unfortunately been plagued with various forms of security challenges; the most worrisome being the Boko Haram elements. The Federal Government in its commitment to protect the lives and properties of citizens being one of the cardinal objectives of governance has deployed numerous strategies to tame the scourge.
"Although the crisis is not over, it is gladdening to see steady progress, especially in deradicalizing violent extremists. The Nigerian Prisons Service has since assumed the onerous task of leading the de-radicalization programme.
"This programme is not entirely a strange approach, considering the Service’s mandate of reforming, rehabilitating and reintegrating deviants into the society.
"De-radicalization as an approach has turned out to be a great window of hope in the midst of devastating circumstances, ensuring that violent extreme offenders desist from their unpatriotic activities using counter-narratives to change their ideologies.
“It is important to state that the Service has recorded a significant breakthrough in changing the mindset of the extremists as about 157 of them in our custody have not only embraced formal education but many sat for the WAEC examination with impressive grades.
"I am happy to say that three of them are now being processed for degree programmes in the National Open University of Nigeria NOUN."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Babagana Umara Zulum, the Borno governor-elect, on Wednesday, March 27, said his administration would deal with Boko Haram terrorism in the state.
Speaking in the state capital, Maiduguri on Wednesday, March 27, Zulum revealed that this would be done by providing employment for youths, addressing drug abuse and other social vices.
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