‎‎Why Borno govt. takes care of Boko Haram fighters’ wives, children – Gov. Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima
Photo: VOA Hausa
Governor Kashim Shettima Photo: VOA Hausa

The governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has explained why his government is accommodating and providing for the wives and children of Boko Haram fighters recently apprehended by soldiers during raids on terror camps in the state.

The governor made this explanation when he received some 568 women and children, rescued recently from Boko Haram captivity.

The rescued persons, comprising 355 toddlers, 149 new mothers and 62 under-aged, were brought to the governor by the Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Nigeria Army, Victor Ezugwu.

The governor said dozens of women and girls who were confirmed wives of Boko Haram fighters, were housed at a location within Maiduguri, where the state government was helping them to get de-radicalized.

The women, who were forcefully evacuated from the jungle camps of Boko Haram, were initially unfriendly and hostile as they kept insisting that they should be reunited with their husbands in the bush, the governor said.

One of such “wives” is a 12-year-old girl, who was rescued barely 24 hours after she was married off to a Boko Haram insurgent three times her age.

“Our ultimate aim in taking custody of families of insurgents is to cut the cycle of violence so as to secure the future of Borno State,” Mr. Shettima esaid.

“Our aim is to give education to the children of the insurgents so that these children will grow to despise the values and doctrines their parents lived and preached,” he said.

“An average male member of the Boko Haram has one great wish and that wish is for his son or daughter to inherit his doctrine of violence. The insurgents seriously take to child bearing as a strategy of not only multiplying their numbers but also producing children they hope, will continue from where their fathers stop in violent killings as their own form of worship.

“The goal of Boko Haram fathers is that even if they are killed by our armed forces, they want to bequeath to us, a future of violence in Borno State, a future of violence in the northeast and a violent future for our country,” the governor said.

He said by taking custody and caring for the children, they will not be exposed to further indoctrination either directly from their father or through their mothers that have been de-radicalized.

“The children will not be trained with any element of hate for their parents, they won’t even be told about the ways of their parents so that they don’t grow with deflated self esteem. These children will be raised like every other child, they will be raised to love and not to hate like their parents wished for them. They will be trained to save lives and contribute to building and growing communities not to take lives and destroy communities like their parents would wish. This is why we are determined to take care of these children,” he said.

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  • michro

    While the victims of the insurgence are left uncared for. Now what do you expect of the victims displaced and emotionally wounded by the insurgents?

  • Ebubedike

    Why? simple. Because Boko Haram fighters, Gov Shettima and President Buhar are one and the same. QED!

  • paul irumundomon

    The senators, who opposed jonathan, senators who see what ever was done by jonathan, as abnormal, should begin to join this notorious goverrnor. They did not want subsidy, they spent hundreds of millions to make it not work, money they stole. They fight to make sure, no help from West to a sister jonathan fight boko haram. They set up boko haram, now they want to use general irabor, who was not part of their plans, to negotiate with these killers of children and pregnant women, can Nigerians believe what they are hearing. That is buhari idea, and he want irabor to be the man to say that, to the Nigerian public.

  • marc umeh

    I will never argue with somone whose professed aim is to help children grow up as healthy , well-adjusted adults.
    Way to go Gov !!!

  • Simeon Nigel

    This governor was left off-hook when President Jonathan Goodluck declared a state of emergency in Born state as a result of Boko Haram insurgency. In fact is is a pity that this Borno state governor uses public a locations monies received from the Federal Government to promotes, abett, financially supporting and purchasing weapons for Boko Haram sects, It has now becomes very clear, and right in the open, by those inside Nigeria and Federal level who are supporting Boko Haram evil sects. The chibok school girls kidnapped was a deliberate set-up action by this very governor as whilst the rest of other Borno state secondary schools were still closed, but he then ordered Chiboks secondary school to be open-up just simply because it is a predominantly christians girls population secondary school in Chibok town. Also, he gave senior military commanders generous cash gifts and supplies of rice to legitimate Nigerian military fighting Boko Haram evil sects, in order to be able for regularly obtaining Nigeria military fighting tactics and plans earlier drew-up against Boko Haram and in turn to revealed out such plans to his cohorts Boko Haram evil sects. This same Borno governor again did decimated Christians population in the entire Borno state, owing to his original portent hatred for Christians faith religion. No wonder why, that it is not surprising that he has became so bold these days to have claimed for feeding and providing comfort to Boko Haram fighters and their families and never minding the massive destructions and lost of human being lives that Boko Haram has had inflicted in whole of North-East region areas, which in turned did generated current Nigeria currency falling to its lowest value and also led to the present economy woes that is today being experiencing in Nigeria, and also talkless about the looming food crisis coming soon in Nigeria, because the majority of able farmers were chased away from their homes by Boko Haram insurgency.So, President Buhari should have this Borno state Governor arrested, if truly he want to show up to the whole of Nigerian people that he is the president for the entire nation and he will not tolerate any state governor who buses
    his elected office into indulging in clandenstine activities and deadly massive killings like what every Nigerian are witnessing
    today by this Borno Governor evil acts inside Borno state.

  • Realitytalk

    That is very good, the people at this particular time needs more strength and support they can get from thier government, just make sure that the food get to them…