The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has appealed to Borno residents to treat repentant Boko Haram and Islamic State In West Africa Province (ISWAP), fighters like newly found brothers.
According to defence headquarters, about 1,000 terrorists and their families have surrendered to troops in the North-east in the last one month under the Operation Safe Corridor of the Nigerian army.
The Shehu of Borno, Shehu Garbai El-Kanemi, and Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, have explained that it would be difficult for community dwellers to accept the repentant insurgents who killed their loved ones.
Nigerians have also kicked against the reintegration of the repentant terrorists who were responsible for the deaths of thousands of people killed in the insurgency that has lasted more than a decade.
However, MURIC, in a statement by its director, Ishaq Akintola, said the deradicalised terrorists should be resettled and given vocational training so that they can fend for themselves.
Akintola said the repentant terrorists need love and understanding of the people of Borno.
“Boko Haram insurgents and ISWAP fighters who are surrendering should be resettled and trained invocations that can enable them to cater for themselves and their families in future. Quick and meaningful resettlement will encourage the remaining insurgents and fighters to embrace peace,” he said.
“MURIC also appeals to the civilian population in Borno to manifest a spirit of accommodation and integration of remorseful insurgents and fighters. We warn against the stigmatization of any sort. Returning fighters should be treated like brothers newly found. What they need is our understanding, cooperation and kindness.”