touchaheart Nigeria reports that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration (DRR) camp run by the Federal Government’s Operation Safe Corridor in Malam Sidi, Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State, has graduated no less than 594 former Boko Haram fighters.
Col. Uche Nnabuihe, the camp commandant, stated during the graduation ceremony that “Fifteen clients are from Adamawa, 495 from Borno, 16, Yobe, 16, Kano, 3, Gombe, 13, Kaduna, 1, Kogi, 12, Bauchi, 5, Jigawa, 5, Katsina, 4, Kebbi, 1, Nasarawa, 1, and 1 from Plateau states, while 2 are from Zamfara states.
According to Nnabuihe, 590 of the 594 graduating repentant terrorists are Nigerian citizens, while the other four are foreigners—three Nigeriens and one Chadian.
588 clients are Muslims, while six are Christians,” the camp commandant reported.
He said that as soon as they got there, the National Identity Management Commission took their data and performed medical exams on them.
Today marks yet another milestone in the de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration program for regular Batch Six 2002 and Special Batch 4 2002 clients who arrived at the DRR camp between September 2022 and October 8, 2022, for the mandatory de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration program,” said Nnabuihe. A combined team of medical professionals from the DRR camp clinic and Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe conducted thorough physical and medical examinations on the 594 clients after their arrival. The purpose of the medical exams was to evaluate the customers’ health in order to provide appropriate care throughout the DRR training cycle.
They were trained in skills for self-reliance after reinterpreting with their communities in this regard,” Nnabuihe continued. Eighty-five customers received training in barbering, 81 clients received training in shoemaking, 158 clients chose welding as their profession, 213 clients chose tailoring, and moreover, 38 clients received training in carpentry and 28 clients received training in laundry services. All of the clients engaged in the required integrated farming, training, and agro, poultry, and fish farming activities.
Maj. Gen. Joseph Maina, the coordinator of Operation Secure Corridor, lamented the effects of the Boko Haram insurgency in the region’s North-East, pointing out that they had persisted and had a detrimental effect on development as well as people’s lives and means of subsistence.
It is documented that the actions of these groups have resulted in the internal displacement of over two million people and the exodus of many others as refugees into neighboring nations.
The Federal Government established Operation Secure Corridor as a non-kinetic multi-agency approach in support of military actions in 2015. This was done in recognition of the limitations of pure military solutions and the urgent necessity to put an end to the unimaginable suffering.
At the graduation ceremony, Muhammad Abba, a former member of Boko Haram, expressed regret to Nigerians for the group’s crimes committed against numerous communities in the nation.
We sincerely apologize to our communities, as well as to everyone present, for our many wrongdoings, Abba said. We apologize to everyone in the many communities from which we hail; we are sincerely sorry and we will not repeat the horrors.
We have sworn allegiance to our beloved, peaceful nation of Nigeria. We are aware of the repercussions of swearing an oath in front of a Holy Bible or the Quran.
Allah will not be pleased if you break your oath. We are confident that He would punish you even if you manage to get away from Nigeria’s security. We promise to uphold the allegiance and oath we have made with utmost loyalty.