Governor Kashim Shettima has attributed the main reason why a nine year-old girl rescued from Boko Haram would want to return to her ‘husband’ to excessive indoctrination.
One of the 64 hostages released from Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa forest repeatedly cried last week to return to her ‘hubby’ in the Boko Haram enclave during handing over of the hostages by the military to the state governor.
The governor described the development as sad.
“Imagine a small girl who is just nine years old crying to return to her Boko Haram husband in the bush to continue with the life of terrorists. This clearly shows the insurgents have been indoctrinating their captives and hostages,” the governor said weekend at Dikwa during a visit to officers and soldiers of the 22 Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
He said Boko Haram have abducted many people especially boys and girls and indoctrinate them in ways that they become unwilling even in accepting freedom.
He urged troops not to relent, adding that the government and people of the state appreciated the sacrifices being made by the military troops, not only in securing communities previously held by Boko Haram but trailing the insurgents to their hideouts.
“We will be eternally grateful to you, officers and men of the Nigerian military for the huge sacrifices you’re making,” he said, promising to rebuild the operational base of the newly established brigade destroyed by the insurgents.
He also announced the donation of two 4-wheel drive vehicles to the brigade for its operations.