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Borno monarch backs reintegration of repentant terrorists

Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno, has approved the reintegration of repentant terrorists into society.

Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Amin El-Kanemi, the Shehu of Borno, has approved the reintegration of repentant terrorists into society.

The monarch described it as a welcome development as long as it ushers in lasting peace.

He said this on Wednesday at the launch of the campaign in support of reconciliation and reintegration of former non-state combatants and associates in Maiduguri.

Alhaji Al-Amin El-Kanemi said the insurgency has lingered in the state for a long time and the people were ready to accept any reconciliation and peace-building effort.

He noted that repentant terrorists had already seen their mistakes and are ready for peaceful coexistence.

“The issue of Boko Haram is something known to us, and we have been battling with this issue for a very long time: If this thing will come to an end now, honestly it is a welcome development, he said.

“As far as I am concerned, all the traditional rulers of Borno, including district heads, village heads and religious scholars, have all agreed and accepted that reconciliation is a welcome development for all of us.”

He called on security agencies to work deeply with local government councils, district and village heads in the peace-building processes.

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