Some repentant terrorists took to the streets of Maiduguri over the weekend to beg for forgiveness from residents of Borno state as they carried out sanitation exercises.
The sanitation exercise was organized by the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) in collaboration with the Borno state government.
The repentant insurgents wore T-shirts that had the words âPlease forgive usâ, âWe have repentedâ, and âLetâs rebuild Borno againâ inscribed on them.
Speaking on the exercise, Mala Mustafa, a senior research fellow with CDD, said the exercise is part of efforts to prepare them for their reintegration process. He said 400 of the repentant insurgents have been mobilized for the exercise, with 50 of them participating this Saturday for a start in Maiduguri hajj camp.
Abdullahi Ishaq, special adviser to the Borno governor on security, also lauded the initiative by CDD as he said ;
âCDD provided the equipment for this exercise and has been providing us with technical advice as good partners.
He disclosed that the initiative taken by the government after years of insurgency led to the surrender of many insurgents, and also contributed to peace-building efforts in the state.
âToday, Maiduguri is more peaceful than Abuja. We want to continue to call on communities to support this peace process by accepting them,â Ishaq said.