NIGERIA’S Concerned Professionals Congress (CPC) has backed the initiative by the country’s defence headquarters to rehabilitate and re-integrate about 800 repentant Boko Haram combatants into the society.
Under a programme known as Operation Safe Corridor, the Nigerian government plans to pardon, train and rehabilitate repentant Bioko Haram fighters who renounce violence. Describing the initiative as novel, bold and courageous, the CPC said it would inspire hope, strengthen faith and restore confidence among Nigerians in the unity, stability and indivisibility of the country.
Yesterday, the group’s coordinator, Tukur Musa Tilde and chief media strategist, Emeka Nwapa, said the move by the nation’s military high command to de-radicalise the sect’s repentant ex-combatants and offer them opportunity to contribute to the growth of the society will advance the frontiers of humanity in the nation. It also expressed regret at the incalculable but avoidable damage which Boko Haram’s activities had done to the destinies of families, institutions, communities and careers over the last five years.
In addition, the CPC praised the armed forces for the patriotic and gallant efforts of its troops in alliance with other security forces to downgrade Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast, thereby setting the stage for robust global interest for rebuilding programmes. It further observed that Operation Safe Corridor offers the nation and its citizens an opportunity of reinventing and reinforcing its unity, sovereignty and indivisibility in line with the aspirations, dreams and philosophy of one nation, one destiny of its founding fathers.
Furthermore, the group argued that Liberia and Sierra Leone were instances of countries with worse cases of crimes and criminalities committed by citizens against fellow citizens as well as felony against the state. It added that today, they are living in admirable peace and harmony because the ex-combatants surrendered and were de-radicalised, rehabilitated and re-integrated by their people into the society.