The Presidency said on Wednesday none of the 601 de-radicalized former members of the Boko Haram sect would be absorbed into the military as being insinuated by mischief-makers.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, said this in a statement issued in Abuja.
He added that none of the ex-terrorists had ever been absorbed into the military and the government had never contemplated such plan.
The statement read: “This is the fourth of such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
”Now that groups with hitherto proven bona fides, some religious leaders and a few in the legislature have joined the supply chain of fake news, it is important that we step in to clear the false reports that the administration is absorbing repentant Boko Haram terrorists into the military.
“It is important for the public to know that nobody has ever been absorbed into the military from the de-radicalized Boko Haram members and there is no such plan for their absorption.
“None of the 601 former Boko Haram members who voluntarily laid down their arms, and have recently graduated from the Federal Government’s de-radicalization and rehabilitation programme, is going into the military.
“This is the fourth such graduation of repentant Boko Haram fighters and not one of such graduates has been absorbed into the military.
“The public needs to be reassured that the de-radicalization, rehabilitation and reintegration of violent extremists by the Buhari administration code-named ‘Operation Safe Corridor,’ follows an established example from countries with similar experiences, and is supported academically and materially by the European Union and the United Nations.”