On Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in an issued statement, said no ex-terrorist has been absorbed into the military.
This stems from allegations being made by Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum that his convoy was attacked by soldiers and not Boko Haram terrorists.
As a result of this, many Nigerians had suggested on social media that the attack was carried out by the repentant insurgents who had allegedly joined the army.
“Now that groups with hitherto proven bona fides, some religious leaders and a few in the legislature have joined the supply chain of fake news, it important that we step in to clear the false reports that the administration is absorbing repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the military.
“It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram and there is no such plan for their absorption.
“None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military.
“This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
“The public needs to be reassured that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists of the Buhari administration code-named “Operation Safe Corridor,” follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations,”
“The Buhari administration is a responsible one and is conscious of its duty to the state and society, and to the victims of terror as well as to those who inflicted these pains and losses on our people,” the statement partly reads.