The Borno State government have concluded plans to reintegrate another bath of 1,300 repentance Boko Haram insurgents and their families into Borno, Adamawa and Yobe(BAY )States respectively.
Our Correspondent reports that two weeks have been earmarked for training which will cover areas including civil duties, tolerance and brotherhood in Islam, community policing, and entrepreneurship among others.
The lecture series organised by the Office of the Special Adviser to Borno state Governor on Security in conjunction with the Ministry of Women Affairs is targeting 1300 members to be trained in different skills for two weeks.
Speaking at the lectures organised at Hajj Camp in Maiduguri on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Network of Civil Society in Northeast, Amb Ahmed Shehu warned the repentance insurgents that they should be ready to tolerate other people when returning to the communities.
“As you go back to your various community, you have to tolerate people, it is important to say that you need more patients because many things have changed it was not the way you left it.
“Remember that you were commanders in Sambisa forests but now you are an ordinary person, so tread with care,” Ahmed advised
Also, the Chairman of Borno State Civil Society Organisations, Comrade Bulama Abiso spoke on “peaceful co-existence and communal relationships,” where he enjoined the repentance insurgents to ensure that they support the peace-building processes as they return to communities.
Meanwhile, Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ Borno State Council Comrade Dauda Iliya enjoined repentant Boko Haram insurgents to at all times promote peaceful coexistence when reintegrated into the society.
Comrade Dauda in his presentation described the repentant insurgents as critical to achieving lasting peace not only in Borno but the entire country.
He charged them not to relent in searching for knowledge that will advance the cause of humanity and promote their means of livelihood.
He encouraged them to form peace clubs and associations in their neighbourhood to foster dialogue and harmonious relationships.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to Borno state Governor on Security Brigadier General Abdullahi Ishaq (retired) said the “Borno Model” is a community-based approach to deradicalizing insurgents who willingly surrender to the authority.
According to him, 3500 repentant insurgents have so far been reintegrated into society without any form of protest or rejection from communities.
Daily Platform had earlier reported how a total of 3,500 repentance reintegration into society through a community-driven approach.