The Borno State Government is committed to the welfare of families of Boko Haram insurgents so as to break the Islamic sect’s cycle of violence and secure the future of the state.
Gov. Kashim Shettima stated this on Friday while receiving 355 babies, 149 breastfeeding mothers and 62 under-aged handed over to the state government by the Nigerian Army who evacuated them from camps operated by Boko Haram insurgents in different parts of Borno State.
Gov. Shettima explained that the average Boko Haram member’s desire was to raise children that would take after him and continue the cycle of violence but it behooved the government to make it a vain attempt.
He said, “What is of importance we should all know, is that 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.
“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. 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.
“I am speaking in English knowing that they don’t hear what I am saying because we don’t want them to have low self esteem. We will train them to have big dreams and to pursue their dreams of becoming productive citizens. Some of these children will be future leaders, many will be doctors, engineers, lawyers and some may even grow to join the military if they choose to. They will contribute to nation building and part of the future of Borno State. We must love and care for each other. We have witnessed so much hatred and violence. Our hearts have been too consumed by agony. We must use the remaining space in our hearts to love and to share love and brotherhood”.