Please forgive us, repentant Boko Haram members beg Nigerians

Some repentant members of the Boko Haram sect on Wednesday pleaded with Nigerians for forgiveness over their past unwholesome activities .

They made the appeal while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria during their graduation after a de-radicalisation exercise and vocational training organised for them by the Federal Government .

The de – radicalisation and vocational training took place at the former permanent NYSC Orientation camp in Mallam-Sidi town in Kwami Local Government Area of Gombe State.

A farmer – turned member of the sect who hails from Borno , Bappah Mura, said he was deceived into joining the group , only to realise that all they were told were lies , adding that he regretted all his actions while with the sect .

He said , “ I beg Nigerians for forgiveness. I regret totally what we were forced to do ; it was not my intention but I beg for forgiveness.

I was a humble farmer before I was deceived to join the Boko Haram sect .

All they told us were different from all we were made to do ; they lied to me and deceived many of us .

“ My heart bleeds that we were used to destroy lives and property by the sect . But today , I am so happy that we have been trained and made to acquire skills in different ventures .

I am grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian Army . ”

He pledged to return to Bama , his home town, and use his knowledge of the sect to expose their lies , so as to dissuade the youths from being deceived .

“ Today , I am graduating as a trained shoemaker .

I can make shoes of different brands ; I am now an ambassador of peace , ” he added .

Also , a 62- year – old ex – Boko Haram member, Abana Ali , said he was sorry for everything , noting that they were also terrorised while with the sect until the army came to their rescue.

“ I am deeply pained in the heart that we had been associated with such a devilish group ; I beg Nigerians to forgive and accept us back .

We were deceived and forced to join the sect; because of my age , I was not allowed to partake in their operations , but was made to do menial jobs in their camps ; we were also terrorised and enslaved, until the Army rescued us .

“We are grateful to the Federal Government for the show of love; the de-radicalisation training has been helpful and now I do not need to go home to beg, but to contribute what I have been taught .

“ Nigerian youths out there , I tell you the truth ; there is no gain being Boko Haram members , except for regret and intense sorrow; we pray that no youth witness the harsh condition we were subjected to , ” he said .

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