Only 5,000 out of the approximately 100,000 repentant Boko Haram members were actually terrorists, according to Hajiya Zuwaira Gambo, the commissioner for women’s affairs and social development in Borno State.
Gambo announced this in Maiduguri when she presented a paper titled “Borno Model” during a celebration of the 2023 International Day of Peace held by the non-governmental organization, Peace Ambassador for Humanitarian Aid and Empowerment (PACHE).
”Contrary to fears by the public that 100,000 were insurgents, only about 5,000 are actual fighters. Most of the others are farmers, women and children held hostage by the insurgents.
“Many of them are victims being held by the insurgents,” she cleared the air.
This statement from the commissioner was not well received by many Nigerians who thought her statement was insensitive to the plight of thousands of Nigerians who lost loved ones and proprieties to the Boko Haram menace.