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Borno District Heads Narrate Ordeals Of Boko Haram Survivors

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Some of the 59 distric heads from Borno Emirate Council who were trained in a-one-day workshop organised by a non- governmental organisation, Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, has lamented the threats, intimidation and rejection faced by some survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency in the hands of some of the repentant terrorists.

The distric heads expressed the concern during the Foundation’s presentation of the Charter of Demands from de-radicalized women and girls who were forcefully conscripted into the Boko Haram insurgency, but have surrendered to the authority.

A distric head, Abba Kawu , narrated how a repentant Boko Haram terrorist returned from the bush, and on realising that the wife he left behind has married another man, he sent a message to the man who married his abandoned wife, and threatened to kill him if he did not return his wife.

Kawu noted that issues like threats, rejection and intimidation are some of the challenges facing the reconciliation process, as well as reintegration of some of the deradicalised women and girls into their respective communities.

” The repentant terrorist led some attacks in Dikwa, in Dikwa local government area of the state, and was captured by Chadian forces. After his deradicalisation and reintegration into the community, he realised that the wife he abandoned and entered the forest had married another man , he began to issue threat messages to the husband of his former wife to return her or be killed. This is despite the fact that the woman waited for him the surrendered terrorist for years before marrying another man,” the district head narrated.

Another distric head, Baba Abba Bukar, narrated how one young lady who was abducted by the terrorists escaped with the terrorist who married her in the captivity alongside their children, but on returning home, her father rejected her ,her children and the husband.

Speaking on the Charter of Demands from the de-radicalised women and girls, the distrct head of Maisandari , Alhaji Abba Bukar, said based on the demands made by the deradicalised persons forcefully conscripted into the Boko Haram terrorism for them not to be victimised, rejected or left behind, after coming out from the bush, the traditional rulers decided to plead on their behalf for government and humanitarian agencies to come to their aid.

” As traditional rulers, we are also advocating for government and relevant agencies to consider the plights of the survivors of the Boko Haram insurgency . As advocate of peace and peaceful co-existence, we are appealing to the government to see how we can successfully reconcile and reintegrate the survivors into the society without stigmatisation and rejection,” the district head said.

In her remarks, the Executive Director, Allamin Foundation for Peace and Development, Hajiya Hamsatu Allamin, said the workshop is a public presentation of the Charter of Demands of the survivors, victims and the deradicalised women to the district heads , government , security agencies, religious leaders and the larger society.

” So these traditional rulers are aligned with the larger community, as well as the religious leaders. In Borno culture, the religious scholars are the pillars of the society hence, we selected the district heads because they are more aligned with the community members and religious scholars at the grassroot.

” They will consult with the community and scholars and come up with feedback on how to address the challenges of the victims, the deradicalised women for a successful reconciliation and reintegration into the society without stigmatisation and rejection.

” The Allamin foundation had been strengthening capacities of traditional and religious leaders, as well as community leaders, and youths vanguard, in four local government areas of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council ( MMC ) , Jere, Mafa and Konduga, in engaging de-radicalised women , which had led them to bring back their husbands from the bush to embrace life of diginity, ” Hamsatu Allamin said.

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