Following measures to curb insecurity across the country, especially in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has reportedly stated that 90 percent of repentant Boko Haram terrorists have genuinely given up terrorism.
According to reports, Zulum disclosed this in an interview on Wednesday after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I believe over 90 per cent of those that have surrendered are doing well and have given the government the necessary support.”
He noted, “They are also calling their colleagues in the bush to come out and join the process of peacebuilding.”
Commenting on the IDPs’ committee’s inauguration, Zulum disclosed that, “Indeed, we are so much happy, especially those of us that are in the North East because thousands of people were displaced, some are taking refuge in the Republic of Chad, Republic Niger and Cameroon.”
He maintained, “And this is the time that the federal government of Nigeria, in collaboration with the state governments of the North East, will facilitate the repatriation of the internally displaced persons that are living in our neighbouring countries to Nigeria.”
He added,“The committee is also to look into the management of the repentant Boko Haram members. So indeed, we are so grateful, and the entire North Eastern government will give maximum support to this committee.”
Also commenting on the return of the refugees, Zulum reportedly affirmed that, “They are ever ready. They have been agitating for a return for the last two-and-a-half years. But unfortunately, the enabling environment has not been created for that return.”
He made it known, “But now that the Federal Government has acted, all the necessary resources and materials needed to ensure their return in a dignified manner will be provided by the government, and we remain extremely grateful.”
This is coming as a reaction to the submission from the Kano state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, that there is nothing like repentant terrorists.