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Rehabilitation of Boko Haram suspects troubling — CAN

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Abuja—The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has described as troubling federal government’s rehabilitation of Boko Haram suspects.

Samson Ayokunle, CAN President, who spoke at a  news conference in Abuja to mark the second year of Leah Sharibu’s abduction, also said it was a shame that despite Nigeria’s military forces, the killings in the country were yet to abate.

He said the de-radicalisation and empowerment of repentant insurgents by the federal government is suspicious.
“The setting free of so-called ex-Boko Haram terrorists under de-radicalisation, rehabilitation, empowerment of the arrested terrorists by the federal government is rather troubling and suspicious,” he said.

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“What is the guarantee that the freed ex-terrorists would not return to Sambisa forest and pick up their arms against innocent Nigerians?”
A church service  and a march was also held to mark her abduction.

Sharibu was abducted alongside other girls from Girls Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, on February 19, 2018.

The girls who were captured were subsequently released, except for five who reportedly died in captivity, but Sharibu was held back for “refusing to renounce her faith”.
Represented by Caleb Ahima, CAN vice-president, Ayokunle said more blood is being shed under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The development is a shame and there is a cloud of confusion that hangs over the nation and the people that are governing  this nation are not doing the right thing,” he said.
“We are sure of one thing. We cannot doubt that the government knows what is happening. Looking at the fact that we are a nation, we have the air force, the navy, we have the soldiers, we have the weapons, but what is happening in this nation?

“We  call on the federal government again that we are getting to a point of anarchy.”

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