With augmenting threats of Boko Haram in Nigeria, the country has started with strict de-radicalization program.
The United Nations opine that the country’s de-radicalization program will help former Boko Haram militants to better reintegrate into the society and maintain peace in the area.
Edward Kallon, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said, the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration (DRR) program is a critical peacebuilding initiative.
The program is a cooperation between the government, military, and other ministries, departments, and agencies. In lieu with the efforts to win the war against insurgency, it aims to de-radicalize and rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram terrorists.
Edward Kallon praising the country’s efforts said, “I commend their efforts at ensuring that these ex-combatants are de-radicalized, rehabilitated, and reintegrated back to the society, to make meaningful contributions to their communities.”
Under the DRR program, in the month of July alone, 601 ex-militants were reintegrated into the society.
Edward Kallon also pledged the UN’s support for the De-radicalization, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration (DRR) program. Boko Haram has been trying to establish an Islamist State in north-eastern Nigeria since 2009, extending its attacks to countries in the Lake Chad Basin, posing enormous security, humanitarian and governance challenges to countries including Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Benin and Niger.