No fewer than 132 repentant Boko Haram sect members have been
reintegrated into the communities by the Borno State government, News
Agency of Nigeria reports.
Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social
Development, disclosed this at a handover ceremony of some
rehabilitated Boko Haram members in Maiduguri on Sunday.
Gambo said that the youths were released to their families and local
government officials after completing 12 months of skills acquisition
and rehabilitation training at the Bulumkutu Rehabilitation Transit
She said that the training exercise was designed to equip the
beneficiaries with relevant skills that would enable them to generate
income, be self-reliant and add value in their society.
She explained that sewing machines, barbing kits, shoemaking kits, and
money were given to the beneficiaries as a resettlement package.
Bashir Ahmed, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the state government
for the empowerment programme, describing it as a life changer.
“We are grateful to the Borno state government and other organisations
like International Organisation for Migration and other humanitarian
”We remain grateful for the reintegration and rehabilitation programme
aimed at supporting ex-insurgents to become meaningful citizens,” he