PARIS, JANUARY 5, 2017: (DGW) Former members of Boko Haram who surrended to Nigerian troops in the ongoing counter-insurgency operations have made open confession why they joined the sect agaisnt their fatherland.
One of them Joseph David who was later renamed Ibrahim Alhaji after joining the dreaded sect expressed deep regrets ever joining the group added that he and many others were deceived when they got radicalized.
He said they were told when they kill Allah will give them a place in paradise which is utterly different from what the Bible or Quran says.
He, therefore, appealed to members of the sect who are still hiding somewhere in the forest to come out of hiding,lay down their arms, surrender to the troops and embrace peace to enable them be re-integrated into society as normal human beings.
His words: “I am calling on my friends in the bush to come out and live a better life from what they are doing in the bush now. I never knew that what we were told is not true. Some of them are afraid to come out because they think that they will be killed.
“What the Boko Haram is teaching people is far from religion. Both the Bible and the Qur’an did not say that if you kill somebody you will go to paradise. It is all lies. Please you people should come out and enjoy a better life in Nigeria. The army is taking good care of us. I didn’t know that the army would do this to us. Please come out and stop the killing; soldiers will not kill you,” Joseph said.
In a similar confession by another repentant ex-Boko Haram commander, Amiran Doki, he said they were deceived by Nur,which eventually informed their interest and desire to surrender.
Doki said: ”I thought Nur would come and surrender, but later we discovered that he did not surrender; then, we left. We left the Sambisa forest together with our Commander Mamman Nur. He promised us that he would surrender and apologise to Nigeria but we discovered that he didn’t do so. That is why we decided to surrender to the military.”
While speaking, the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, Maj.-Gen. Lucky Irabor, at a news conference in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital said so far, over 1,400 people had been rescued by the military during counter-insurgency operations in the Northeast adding that efforts are in top gear to make the repentant sect members would undergo a deradicalisation programme to enable fit on society.
According to him,“We are doing our part to see that this madness is reduced to the barest minimum.”