Terrorists grooming their own children to be insurgents – Army General
According to Operation Hadin Kai (OPHK) theatre commander Christopher Musa, roughly 83,000 Boko Haram fighters have so far surrendered themselves to Nigerian army soldiers.
Speaking on Friday while visiting Yobe governor Mai Mala Buni, Musa said the terrorists who had surrendered were currently receiving rehabilitation at various facilities.
41,000 of the terrorists who have surrendered, according to the theatre commander, are youngsters who were being prepared for combat.
“God has been very magnanimous for us, we have received a lot of surrendered individuals. We are moving almost 83, 000 now, out of that number, over 41, 000 are children,” Musa said.
“The terrorists are trying to develop a new set of terrorists, their own children and that would have been very dangerous because you know normally for children when they grow up and whatever they see is what they copy.
“So, if they grow and think killing is natural, they become very dangerous.”
The theatre commander declared that the military and other security organizations would keep using potent tactics to end terrorism in the area.
“Whatever it takes, whatever it needs for us to have peace, we are determined to achieve that. The chief of army staff has been very, very supportive in all we are doing and that has made our work much, much easier,” he said.