- Senator Ibrahim Gaidam says the intent of the Boko Haram de-radicalization bill is to ensure that repentant terrorists are rehabilitated in the best possible way
- Gaidam argues that the bill will promote reconciliation and national unity by de-radicalizing, rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant insurgents
- The lawmaker says the program would allow the window of opportunity for repentant insurgents to re-enter mainstream politics, religion, and society
The sponsor of the Boko Haram de-radicalization bill, Ibrahim Gaidam has the intent of the bill is to ensure that repentant terrorists are rehabilitated in the best possible way so that they become useful members of the society.
Gaidam told journalists at a press conference in Abuja, on Monday, February 24, that the bill would promote reconciliation and national unity by de-radicalizing, rehabilitating and reintegrating repentant insurgents, The Nation reports.
He said the bill which seeks to create a national agency for the education, de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of repentant insurgents would promote reconciliation and national unity.
The lawmaker said when established, the agency would allow the window of opportunity for repentant insurgents to re-enter mainstream politics, religion and society.
He said the agency would: “Provide an avenue for reconciliation and promote national security.
Gaidam pointed out that it was important for the government to introduce both preventive and corrective measures in addressing violent extremism, noting that de-radicalized Boko Haram members can be used to fight unrepentant insurgents.
Sill on security, the Centre for Africa Liberation and Socio-Economic Rights (CALSER) has warned against the plan of the Borno state government to engage the services of Chadian troops in the fight against insurgency.
The centre said warned Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state and other state governors against such move as it said it will be counter-productive to the efforts of troops of the Nigerian Military in the fights against terrorism.
The warning from the centre follows Governor Zulum's visit to N'Djamena, capital of the Central African nation in January, where he met with Multinational Joint Task Force to discuss security-related issues in Borno.
In another news report, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that Nigerians would in the coming weeks witness an aggressive campaign to rout Boko Haram once and for all.
The Nigerian president made the statement on Sunday, February 23, when condemning the recent Boko Haram attack on Garkida, Adamawa state.
Buhari who also extended his sympathy to families of victims assured citizens that no part of Nigeria would be abandoned to their fate.
He said the insurgents were attacking soft targets out of frustration because his administration had significantly weakened Boko Haram’s ability to invade and hold Nigerian territory unchallenged.
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