Presidency has said that there is no plan to absorb repentant Boko Haram fighters into Nigerias military.
Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity who disclosed this in a statement, reassured Nigerians that indeed, this is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
The presidencys reaction came amidst growing concerns by Nigerians over alleged moves to recruit the ex- terrorists into the military, a scenario that has now been dismissed as unlikely.
The public needs to be reassured that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code named Operation Safe Corridor, follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations.
The lead agency for the implementation of the programme in Gombe is the International Organization for Migration, a leading inter-government organization which is represented in Nigeria.