No fewer than 90,000 Boko Haram members were reported to have voluntarily surrendered themselves and handed over their arms to the Nigerian Army for disarmament, de-radicalization, and reintegration into society within one year.
The terrorists were said to have surrendered to the superior firepower of the troops who were heavily supported by the Federal and Borno State governments
The Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, noted that the feat has never happened anywhere in the world and that insurgency was coming to an end.
Zulum, who disclosed the statistics during the United Nations meeting, in New York, United States, said that the acute humanitarian crisis that followed the insurgency had been devastating on social and economic impact across the Northeast sub-region of the country.
“Before assumption of duty of Mr President, 22 local government areas in Borno state out of the 27 local government areas that we have, were under the control of Boko Haram insurgents. But today, none of our local government areas are under the control of Boko Haram insurgents,’’ he said.
The governor said the Borno State government with the support of the Federal government, and indeed, the entire United Nations had been able to strengthen the resilience of the community.
He said that they had ensured peacebuilding, social cohesion, and sustainable development across North- East sub-region of Nigeria.
“The nexus between peace, security, and development need not be over-emphasized. If there is no peace, there will be no security and if there is no security, there is no development.
Zulum further urged the government of Nigeria, the UN, and other development partners to shift their focus on providing immediate humanitarian support that would address the increasing problems across the North East region of the country.