An NGO, the Peace Ambassador Centre for Humanitarian and Empowerment (PACHE) has urged communities in Borno to forgive and accept repentant Boko Haram terrorists.
President of the PACHE, Amb. Ahmed Shehu made the call in Maiduguri during an event to mark the 2022 International Day of Peace.
The day, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on Sept. 21.
Shehu said the Borno Government has began the process of reintegrating the repentant terrorists in communities and that there is need to use the commemoration of the peace day for people to accept the repentant and move on.
In his opening remarks, the Borno Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato who spoke on the significance of the day, lauded the people of Borno for their resilience and the need to sustain the tempo and reintegration process.
Also speaking, the Borno Commissioner for Poverty Alleviation and Youth Empowerment, Alhaji Saina Buba who highlighted the various interventions by the state government to address the issue of poverty, called for support for the programme to succeed.
In his remarks, the Borno Team Lead of Managing Conflict in Nigeria (MCN) programme of British Council, Mr Amin Buba who reiterated the commitment of MCN in addressing conflicts in Nigeria, stressed the need to implement recommendations of the meeting to add value to peace building in Borno.
In his remarks on behalf of the military at the occasion, Capt. B.A Amakiri who described the military as agents committed to peace, said so far over 80,000 insurgents had surrendered out of which about 16,000 were combatants.