Regional politicians in northern Nigeria want Boko Haram terrorists …

The state of Borno is planning an amnesty for 3,000 suspected supporters of the jihadist militia who have submitted themselves to the army.

Politicians from the northern Nigerian state of Borno have announced that they want to forgive 3,000 alleged supporters of the terrorist militia Boko Haram. They had surrendered to the army from mid-August. The goal is to reintegrate them into their home villages, reported the Nigerian media, according to Kathpress on Monday. This strategy was agreed during an event over the weekend, which was also attended by religious representatives and civil society.

Reintegration is subject to conditions. Among other things, a deradicalization and rehabilitation center is to be created in Borno, where the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram (for example: Western education is sin) has its origin. The children of the alleged terrorists would also have to be sent to school and deradicalized there. However, there are reservations about the initiative. Critics called for it to be ensured that all weapons are handed in.

In Cameroon, too, 900 members had surrendered in the past two weeks. In the past few months there had been heavy fighting between Boko Haram and the militia “Islamic State in the West African Province” (ISWAP), which split off in 2016. The leader of Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, was killed. Since then, the group has been considered weakened.

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