Zulum: Difficult for residents to accept repentant Boko Haram insurgents who murdered loved ones

Zulum: Difficult for residents to accept repentant Boko Haram insurgents who murdered loved ones

Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, has lamented that accepting ‘repentant’ Boko Haram has the risk of seriously offending the feelings of victims with the potential of civil rebellion.

Zulum made this call on Sunday, August 15, in Bama and Gwoza; while addressing military officers and community leaders.

According to his spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, the Governor was in Gwoza and Bama local government areas; for humanitarian and developmental activities.

According to Zulum, rejecting repentant Boko Haram members, who surrendered to troops; may force them to join the Islamic State in West Africa Province

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He, therefore, called for a unified decision by stakeholders on how to respond to a large number of repentant Boko Haram members.

The Governor further emphasized the ongoing surrender of Boko Haram fighters had left Borno State with two extremely difficult situations that required diverse stakeholders; including representatives of attacked communities, to come together; and critically review the pros and cons of the surrender, in order to agree on a well-thought-out framework.

“Accepting Boko Haram has the risk of seriously offending the feelings of victims with the potential of civil rebellion,” he said.

“No one would find it easy to accept killers of his or her parents, children, and other loved ones. In the last 12 years, we have been in this war, and we have lost thousands of fellow citizens.”

Meanwhile, a popular Nollywood Actress, Doris Chima, has died after a prolonged battled with breast cancer. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2020.

Chima was a foundation member of Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN) and former vice chairperson of Lagos AGN.

Chima had managed the breast cancer situation with the affected breast cut off in 2020; after she was diagnosed to prevent further damage.

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