Can de-radicalisation work? Nigeria says it does.
09 September 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has recently spoken of the rehabilitation and reintegration efforts of previous Boko Haram fighters, refering to it as one of the success of his administration. Buhari said the government was doing its best in carrying out its mandate especially with regards to fighting corruption.

Buhari added: "We have also worked to address emergent cases of insecurity and insurgency in the country with innovative approaches such as "Operation Safe Corridor," which de-radicalise, rehabilitate and reintegrate willingly surrendered Boko Haram members into the larger society."

The military had in 2016 launched Operation Safe Corridor, an initiative for the deradicalisation and rehabilitation of ex-Boko Haram members. In July, 602 ex-Boko Haram members were said to have completed a de-radicalisation, rehabilitation and reintegration programme.