Repentant Boko Haram Re-integration: Chief Of Defence Staff Woos Stakeholders

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General Gabriel Abayomi Olonisakin, Chief of Defence Staff

By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna

The Chief of Defence Staff, General Gabriel Olonisakin, has pledged his commitment to the reintegration of all Boko Haram ex-fighters into the larger society by collaborating with relevant stakeholders.

He made the pledge during a meeting with the stakeholders at the Defence Headquarters, Abuja when 95 former Boko Haram members who completed 16 weeks De-radicalization and reintegration programme organized by Operation Safe Corridor in Gombe State have been transformed to authority of their respective states of origin for onward reintegration to their families.

The meeting was to fine tune modalities for the complete reintegration of repented ex- combatants with families and that the modalities for reintegration of the ex – fighters were facilitated by a special committee set up by the governors of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Bauchi states.

The committee comprises the Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Air Staff, Inspector General of Police and the Director of State Services.

General Olonisakin said that after a careful appraisal of the activities in the camp since the ex – terrorists were admitted for re – integration, he was convinced that the programme is a huge success, noting that the ex – combatants have been transformed.

He expressed confidence that the dynamics of the fighting against insurgency and terrorism in the north east changed drastically with the coming into power of President Buhari and his cabinet.

He said that all terrorists hitherto under the control of Boko Haram terrorist have been liberated and normalcy continue to be restored to the north east.

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