UNDP: We are reintegrating repentant Boko Haram insurgents to their communities

Posted by Seriki Adinoyi, Jos | 15 July 2018 | 1,271 times

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has disclosed that it is committed to ensuring that genuinely repentant Boko Haram insurgents are reintegrated to their various communities, noting however that there has been resistance by some of the communities.

The Country Director of UNDP, Samuel Bwalya, who said this at the closing ceremony of the first batch of 547 participants of the second phase of capacity building for 1,000 Civilian JTF and Vigilantes held at Citizenship and Leadership Training Centre (CLTC), Shere Hills, Jos, noted that: “We have been trying to see how we can reintegrate genuinely repentant Boko Haham into their communities but there has been resistance by some communities.”

He said: “As a way forward, UNDP has consulted with the government of the concerned states, especially Borno State, and they said we may need to begin by first reconciling them with the communities by preaching forgiveness from social, religious, and cultural perspectives before reintegration.”

Bwalya added that the communities are even rejecting some women that have been their victims in terms of abduction, who became pregnant for the insurgents and now have children for them.

“So, we have to help government to develop a policy framework that will guide the process of the reintegration. This is the process we are starting in Borno State by next week,” he said.

Excerpted from ThisDay

Source: News Express

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