Nigerians React To Buhari’s Reintegration Of 601 Former Boko Haram Fighters

Buhari’s Reintegration of 601 Former Boko Haram Fighters sparks reactions on social media


Nigerians have let out an outcry following the reintegration of former Boko Haram Insurgents presided over by President Mohammadu Buhari.

On Saturday, July 25, the Operation Safe Corridor Mallam Sidi in Gombe state housed the graduation ceremony for Batch 4/2019 deradicalized former Boko Haram combatants.


A total of Six hundred and one (601) of the former members of Boko Haram, completed a de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration program organized by Operation Safe Corridor.


The former BH fighters also denounced their membership of the insurgent group at the Malam Sidi Camp in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State on Monday, July 13.


Bamidele Shafa, the Coordinator of Operation Safe Corridor, Major General revealed that out of the 601 graduands that arrived at the camp on 27 November and 14 December 2019, 592 are Nigerians from 10 states while 14 are foreign Nationals from Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.


Shafa added that out of this number, three died of health complications while one was referred for further medical treatment at the Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Maiduguri.

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“On arrival at the camp, the clients went through documentation processes to obtain vital background information after which they were subjected to comprehensive medical screening to determine their health status.

Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents
Repentant Boko Haram Insurgents


“Their DNA samples were also collected while their biometrics were captured on National Data using the National Identity Management Commission, (NIMC) facilities for future references.

“The background information serves as guide for the experts; Local Treatment Team (LTT) to properly place the clients for treatment therapies and vocational training.


“The LTT are specialised experts in various fields of deradicalisation and rehabilitation therapies drawn from the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS),” he said

Following this development, Nigerians have taken to social media to express their distaste at how former Boko Haram members have been reintroduced into the society.


One Alli Merri said “Murderers”, referring to the repentant insurgents as people who have committed atrocities against humanity.



Adah G had the opinion that “Buhari knows what he is doing. Only in Nigeria and no wonder the killings won’t stop.





A citizen who preferred to be anonymous had a unique reaction, they said “Big joke. Country wey mumu.”




Another anonymous writer said “can they make it public the funds spent on these nonsense??? Another looting scheme I’m sure…”





Okafor Chinelo opined that “we warned Nigerians about the implementation of this Northern President…”



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