Nigerian Army, NEEM Foundation reconcile Ex- combatants in Nigeria

Martha Obi, Abuja

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The Nigerian Army in conjunction with NEEM Foundation have commenced the process of ensuring a workable integration of ex-combatants back to the country especially in the North East Nigeria.

The Nigerian Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this in Abuja during a high-level forum on disarmament, demobilization and reintegration on peace building and reconciliation in Nigeria.

Mr. Aregbesola urged the participants to brain storm on the realizable methods of reintegration for repentant Boko Haram   that would enhance peace and development in the society.

The Nigerian Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola called for peace as peace is what is needed to move the country forward.

Mr. Aregbesola said “all responsible people should work towards peace as he defined what peace is all about and what it means to live in peace adding that it is mandate of his ministry is to guarantee the safety and security of Nigerians”.

The First Commander United Nations to Sierra Leone, General Martin Agwai said “it is the responsibility of the government to protect the civilians”.

General Agwai narrated some of the successes recorded in peace keeping operations in Sierra Leone and how Nigeria supported them.

The Nigerian Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai noted some of the Ex-combatants have started surrendering in the North East Nigeria due to some operations that are going on there.

Buratai said “there is need to welcome them back to the society as they have repented”.

The Executive Director, Kukah Centre Abuja, Father Barkindo Atta highlighted what could be done to bring Boko Haram back to the society in their right senses.

Father Atta commended the Nigerian military for the already reintegration and reconciliation ex-combatants.

The Nigerian policy frame work and National action plan should be clearly carrying out to ensure achieving the objectives of disarmament, demobilization and reintegration on peace building and reconciliation in Nigeria.