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De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:17am On Aug 01
The de-radicalization, rehabilitation, and reintegration of so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists have emerged as one of the centerpieces of the Buhari regime’s governance, which is not surprising given that Buhari had said in the past that government-sanctioned retaliatory aggression against Boko Haram terrorists was an attack on the North.

 Every sober observer knows that de-radicalizing, rehab-ilitating, and reintegrating remorselessly bloodstained mass murderers into the very societies they drowned in oceans of blood especially without compensating and mollifying the people they displaced, widowed, and orphaned is a singularly wooden-headed policy.

But it helps, nonetheless, to look at evidence from research and from the experiential data of societies that attempted to de-radicalize terrorists. Since Nigeria isn’t the only country that grapples with the question of what to do with and to nabbed terrorists, what can we learn from other countries?

The UK has a program that it calls “Desistance and Disengagement Programme,” which works to de-radicalize terrorists. The US state of Minnesota, which has a large number of Somali immigrants and a fair amount of domestic terrorism, also has a “Terrorism Disengagement and Deradicalization Program” designed to jolt terrorists back from the precipice of fatal extremism.So do many countries in Europe and Asia.

The data from the UK is mixed, but it nevertheless provides a cautionary tale for Nigeria. For example, three past beneficiaries of the country’s “Desistance and Disengagement Programme” went on to murder 24 people between 2017 and 2019 in the aftermath of their “deradicalization.” Other countries have similar experiences.

Deradicalization of terrorists is not always a failure, of course. According to the Business Insider, “Between 2001-2012, Malaysia put 154 extremists through deradicalization schemes.Of those,148 had ‘successfully completed the de-radicalisation programme and were released, without later re-offending,’ the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) wrote in a 2012 paper.”

However, an emerging consensus is that because terrorists are often animated by a single-minded, tunnel vision of society, it is often impossible to be certain that a deradicalization program can reverse their predilection for violence.A 2019 research by the European Union's Radicalization Awareness Network, concluded that, "Even after the very best of prevention efforts, some individuals still go on to become (violent) extremists."

The Center for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) also said there is "limited evidence about what supports positive change, which makes it difficult to determine if an intervention's approach is likely to be successful."

Similarly, the UK’s Christopher Dean, a psychologist who created a deradicalization program called the Healthy Identity Intervention (HII), admitted that it’s difficult to be certain that a terrorist has been completely deradicalized “People can get more reassured and confident about change and progress that people are making, but I think we have to be very careful about saying someone has totally changed or has been cured,” the Independent of the UK quoted him as saying.
I don’t know how Nigeria’s Boko Haram terrorists are being deradicalized and rehabilitated & I hope someone will systematically study this but the result of their work stares us in the face. Many of the so-called deradicalized and reintegrated Boko Haram terrorists actually only reintegrate to their former terror cells from where they murder soldiers and civilians alike.


On July 26, for example, a soldier fighting Boko Haram in Borno sent the following social media message that tugged at my heart strings: “Good evening sir. I'm presently in Monguno. I've been wanting to hint you on the recent happenings. During the last two attacks June and July (in Monguno), some of the so called rehabilitated Boko Haram guys- Non State Armed Groups (NSAG) joined their former colleagues in attacking the community and ran back to the BUSH with them. This is to say that the whole rehabitation [sic] narrative is a sham.”

Ali Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Senate, told ChannelsTV on July 30 that a recently “de-radicalized,” “rehabilitated,” and “reintegrated” Boko Haram terrorist murdered his father, stole his father’s cows, and vanished.

“Some of them that returned to Damboa, after two, three days, they disappeared,” he said. “I learnt reliably that even in the course of de-radicalisation, they said they are not willing to come to live with the infidels. This programme really needs to be looked into immediately. I am gathering information and position of my people and even go legal.”

Ndume’s observation has support in research. A German researcher by the name of Daniel Koehler who studied German neo-Nazis & terrorists inspired by religion found that, “The solitary problem for these individuals is always that there’s a global conspiracy against their race or religion; the solitary solution to such persecution is violence, with the goal of placing themselves and their group in control of a revamped society.”

They are not persuaded by moral or theological arguments, he said. He makes the case for “the careful reintroduction of problems and solutions into a radicalized person’s life, so that they can no longer devote all their mental energy to stewing over their paranoia.”

I doubt that the people who are tasked with the responsibility to “deradicalize” Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria if there are any, that is have the intellectual resources to do what the German researcher suggested. How do the Boko Haram “deradicalizers” determine that “deradicalized” Boko Haram terrorists have “repented” and are ready to be unleashed to the societies they terrorized before their capture since even people who research the deradicalization of terrorists say no one can be certain that “deradicalized” terrorists won’t relapse to their old ways?

 

Plus, people in the communities that the Nigerian government is reintegrating Boko Haram terrorists to don’t want these washed-up terrorists in their midst. Don’t the people’s opinions and preferences matter? TheCable of July 24 reported Borno residents to have told the government to integrate the terrorists back “to govt house or Aso Rock” instead of their communities.

The anger of the communities is understandable. While government is “reintegrating” the vile terrorists, it is disintegrating the victims of the terrorists.While these villainous Boko Haram terrorists are pampered, the surviving victims of Boko Haram’s murderous barbarism endure precarious existence in filthy, dangerous Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps.It’s like they are being punished by the government for being victims of terrorists’ brutalities.

While Boko Haram terrorists are being treated with excessive indulgence, their victims in IDP camps are serially raped—both figuratively and literally. Babachir David Lawal stole millions from them, and he is still walking free. Umar Farouq Sadiya stole date palms (worth millions of naira) donated to them by Saudi Arabia. She has been rewarded with appointment as minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. The cruel irony!

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), women in IDP camps in the Northeast “resort to transactional sex for survival.” Because of the unsanitary conditions of the IDPs, there are periodic outbreaks of cholera that kill scores of people. Plus, even in their state of helplessness, they are still subject to episodic Boko Haram murders.

When a Nigerian Airforce jet bombed an IDP camp in Rann, Borno State, on January 17, 2017 in error, which caused the death of at least 115 people, Buhari didn’t find it worth his while to console them, much less visit them. About three months later, on March 22, 2017, Boko Haram bombed another IDP camp in the Muna Garage area of Maiduguri. Again, there was insouciant silence from the same government that is bending over backwards to please Boko Haram terrorists.

Obviously, the Buhari regime rewards and celebrates homicidal outlaws. Its message to Nigerians is unmistakably this: if they want to be taken seriously and indulged by government, they should be organized, vicious mass murderers.
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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by SmartProf(m): 11:18am On Aug 01
Oga it's working for Buhari, else u would have heard him complaining but he is not. He is even sewing green and white asoebi for the next batch that are in their final semester. I won't be surprised if this is the template he went to Mali with, but the Marlians walked out seeing that it was really a foolish one.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:20am On Aug 01
"....The Buhari regime rewards and celebrates homicidal outlaws. Its message to Nigerians is unmistakably this: if they want to be taken seriously and indulged by govt,they should be organized, vicious mass murderers.
Muhammadu Buhari is an agent of destabilisation, ethnic bigot and religious fanatic who, if given the chance, would ensure the disintegration of the country. His ethnocentrism would jeopardise Nigeria’s national unity.
https://punchng.com/tinubu-was-right-for-calling-buhari-a-tribalist-religious-fanatic-says-obasanjo/

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by ThiagoKid(m): 11:22am On Aug 01
Boko haram is Buhari, Buhari is Boko haram!!

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:23am On Aug 01
The only good terrorist remains a dead terrorist.Buhari & Buratai are obstinate in recycling BH terrorists because they share the same ideological inspiration.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by ThiagoKid(m): 11:28am On Aug 01
"Obviously, the Buhari regime rewards and celebrates homicidal outlaws. Its message to Nigerians is unmistakably this: if they want to be taken seriously and indulged by government, they should be organized, vicious mass murderers."


Seconded!!!!

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Captainrambo2: 11:29am On Aug 01
Nigeria fg has a special voodoo,


Yeye people

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 11:35am On Aug 01
While Boko Haram terrorists are being treated with excessive indulgence, their victims in IDP camps are serially raped....Babachir David Lawal stole millions from them & he is still walking free.

Umar Farouq Sadiya stole date palms (worth millions of naira) donated to them by Saudi Arabia. She has been rewarded with appointment as minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development. The cruel irony!
What a cruel irony indeed of a nation called Nigeria where terrorists are valued much more than their victims.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 7:53pm On Aug 01
The message is clear-to be on the govt good books commit a heinous crime & instantly become a celebrity.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by anibi9674: 9:28pm On Aug 01
Ok
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Racoon(m): 7:11am On Aug 02
“They (the terrorists ) have been a great threat to the society and they ought to be held. The point is that Operation Safe Corridor is a mistake . It’ s a mistake and a bad strategy because they cannot guarantee the out come or that it would meet the policy objectives .
https://punchng.com/outrage-as-fg-pampers-repentant-terrorists-while-idps-suffer/
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by helinues: 7:26am On Aug 02
This Farooq should stop all this unnecessary antagonist...

Majority of the so called Boko Haram members were forced to fight for the terrorist group or lose their lives..

There are so many documentaries about this on Aljazeera most especially de-radicalized Syria terrorists now living in Western country

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by JesusJesus: 8:33am On Aug 02
Foolish news
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by sapientia(m): 8:33am On Aug 02
Buhari knows

Only him knows his motives for releasing them.
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by GeneralPula: 8:34am On Aug 02
I was already sure Racoon will Masturbate lol..

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by KingTom(m): 8:35am On Aug 02
helinues:
This Farooq should stop all this unnecessary antagonist...

Majority of the so called Boko Haram members were forced to fight for the terrorist group or lose their lives..

There are so many documentary about this on Aljazeera most especially de-radicalized Syria terrorist now living in Western country
They were forced grin like a thief caught always says he was forced and it was the work of the devil grin

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by AceRoyal: 8:35am On Aug 02
helinues:
This Farooq should stop all this unnecessary antagonist...

Majority of the so called Boko Haram members were forced to fight for the terrorist group or lose their lives.

There are so many documentary about this on Aljazeera most especially de-radicalized Syria terrorist now living in Western country

Read what you wrote again and think if it made sense, especially the bolded. They were forced? Won't they still die fighting for terrorist organizations?
Do you understand what religious indoctrination and fanatism is?

Stop defending stu.pidity in the name of religious or political sentiments.

Deradicalization makes absolutely no sense. It's an insult to our collective sensibility as a nation and a big insult to every soldier that has lied down his/her life for this nation as well as their families! angry

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by CodeTemplar: 8:35am On Aug 02
I Agree.
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by ainas247: 8:37am On Aug 02
cry I cry for this Country... cry cry cry cry

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by TreasureTayo(m): 8:37am On Aug 02
There was a country!!!!!!!

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by authority2006(m): 8:38am On Aug 02
helinues:
This Farooq should stop all this unnecessary antagonist...
Majority of the so called Boko Haram members were forced to fight for the terrorist group or lose their lives..
There are so many documentary about this on Aljazeera most especially de-radicalized Syria terrorist now living in Western country

People like Kperogi are not part of the solution. They're just what they are, barking dogs, online wailers, burden, attention cravers. I read through his rant, no where did he proffer any alternative solution.
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by kelfree99(m): 8:39am On Aug 02
I dont know what to say cause the situation seems unfair, but i believe theres a reason for everything lets watch and see how it turns out
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by paulolee(m): 8:40am On Aug 02
he who pays the drummer chooses the music..
our oga isnt complaining maybe because it is working for him and we just have to adapt to it no matter how bad it seems seeing so called "repentant boko guys" having special treatments and even regarded above jobless graduates..
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Sonicroyel: 8:41am On Aug 02
if they saw it this way that will mean the end of funds allocated for "DE-RADICALIZATION" of Terrorists .
which would severely hamper their looting
naija na business venture for all these ppl na

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by helinues: 8:42am On Aug 02
AceRoyal:


Read what you wrote again and think if it made sense, especially the bolder. Won't they still die fighting for terrorist organizations?

Stop defending stu.pidity in the name of religious or political sentiments.

Deradicalization is makes absolutely no sense. It's an insult to our collective sensibility as a nation and a big insult to every soldier that has lied down his/her life for this nation as well as their families! angry

Have you watched the documentary of de-radicalized terrorists?

If no, then no need of engaing with you
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by CodeTemplar: 8:42am On Aug 02
authority2006:


People like Kperogi are not part of the solution. They're just what they are, barking dogs, online wailers, burden, attention cravers. I read through his rant, no where did he proffer any alternative solution.
Typing...

If I may ask, how is the repentance of these terrorists measured or gauged? We all know what it is, and that a northern conspiracy. When ND people were given amnesty, they were given based on what they were fighting for. In BH's case, they want their own nation but are being given the opposite of that and money. It makes no sense.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Simbrixton(m): 8:42am On Aug 02
Buhari
Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Anadan231: 8:42am On Aug 02
In my own Humble opinion, the Boko Haram sect are the true and radical Nigerians leveraging on insurgency to get their deserved share from the National cake all in the name of Repentance, not some toothless, useless, imbecilic and cowards youth and online NL political miscreants fighting for APC & PDP while the sect are getting their fair share from the common Patrimony. Until, we all wake up and fight incompetent govt via a massive revolution, the real Radical change that could bring the benefit of democratic governance to YOU & I will never materialize.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by Dpharisee: 8:43am On Aug 02
They rather pay the salaries of'repentant' Boko Haram than that of a soldier putting his life on the line leading to depression and shooting death of an officer.
I don't know how some people from certain parts of the country feel defending this government in the media.

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Re: De-radicalization” Of Terrorists Doesn’t Work - Farooq Kperogi by money121(m): 8:43am On Aug 02
Ok

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