Addressing journalists yesterday, national cordinator of the group, Bishop Musa Fomson said the concern has been how to disarm and demobilise the youths after circumstances compelled them to bear arms because of the terrorists’ insurrection.
According to him, those raising the concern were afraid of what would happen next when the military has completely defeated Boko Haram because the youths could have become a source of problem when they have the skills to fight without being gainfully employed.
He said, “But there is no need for such fear now that some of the former Civilian JTF members are now gainfully employed by being absorbed into the Army. It is something that can be done for the others that are willing to accept formal roles as they can be absorbed in other batches and into other organisations. This will of course ensure that they are not lured into misusing the experience and weapons they acquired in the course of supporting the military to fight terrorists.
“The strategy offers multiple advantages to the country and must be pursued with the necessary commitment. The youths’ knowledge of the locality will also ensure that the mopping up of defeated Boko Haram members that are trying to move into the society is easier and more thorough.
“Again, we commend President Muhammadu Buhari as the Commander-in-Chief for buying into this strategy and we also commend the military high command for recognising and accepting the contribution of the youths towards the defeat of the insurgency. We appeal that this should be a continuous exercise so that the other youths that are part of the a-hoc security body are similarly absorbed.”
There have been reports that a total of 250 youths that were once part of the vigilante group fighting Boko Haram terrorist better known as Civilian-JTF have been trained and inducted into the Nigerian Army, with another 30 reported to have also been absorbed into the Department of State Services (DSS).