- The de-radicalisation efforts of the Army for repentant Boko Haram terrorists have been praised by the UN
- According to the UN, the efforts are crucial in winning the war against insurgency
- However, the world organisation lamented that the war against insurgency has been going on for too long
While some Nigerians continue to condemn the move, the United Nations (UN) has openly commended the Nigerian Army’s programme aimed at integrating repentant terrorists back into society.
Specifically, the UN commended the de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and re-integration (DRR), programme for repentant Boko Haram terrorists, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The commendation was given by UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallon, during a visit to the DRR camp in Mallam-Sidi Community, Kwami local government area of Gombe state on Monday, September 7.
He said the programme is a critical peacebuilding initiative. He argued that it will contribute immensely to ensuring that the former Boko Haram fighters are reintegrated into society.
“The programme is a cooperation between the government, military and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as we were briefed. These guys have brought on board the best global practices.
“I commend their efforts at ensuring that these ex-combatants are de-radicalised, rehabilitated and reintegrated back to the society, to make meaningful contributions to their communities,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a memo which purportedly originated from the Nigeria Customs Service over alleged regrouping of terrorists around Abuja has continued to generate heated reactions.
Dennis Amachree, a retired assistant director of the State Security Service (SSS), called for further investigations into the memo which has gone viral on social media.
Amachree made the call while appearing on Channels TV.
Also, in another development, Legit.ng had reported that the defence headquarters has dismissed claims that fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) have infiltrated the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state.
Maj Gen John Enenche, the spokesperson for the ministry of defence told journalists on Thursday, August 27, that the claim of ISIS in Oyo state was nothing but just an alarm.
He said that security agencies were ahead of the evolving security challenges in the country.
The statement from the Nigerian military was in response to claims by the Aare Ona Kakanfo-in-council over the perceived presence of ISIS militants and terrorists in the southwest region of Nigeria.
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