NEWS DIGEST – The  Concerned Professionals Congress, a civil advocacy organisation, has commended the Federal government for organising and sustaining the de-radicalisation and vocational training for repentant Boko Haram insurgents in Gombe State.

Mr Emeka Nwakpa, the Chief Media Strategist of the group, gave the commendation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Gombe.

Nwakpa said that with the programme, government had given Nigerians reason to hope that the end of insurgency was imminent, adding that the counter terrorism campaign had proven to be effective.

According to him, over 2, 000 ex-members of the Boko Haram sect have willingly repented and surrendered themselves for the programme, adding that  260 of them have been trained and re-integrated into the society.

The expert said:“Thumps up for the Federal Government for organising and sustaining the de-radicalisation programme.

“It has been impactful and phenomenal in terms of the emotion of government toward ex-members of a sect that fights them.

“The counter terrorism campaign, introduced in September 2015, has proven to be very successful with over 2,000 ex-Boko Haram members willingly surrendering to be part of the programme of which 260 have been trained.

“This is commendable. It has shown the human side of government toward ensuring that terrorists do not win our youths into their camps.

“ With the love from the Federal government, through this programme, insurgents will suffer more defeats.

“With the supports from international organisations and dogged determination from the Federal government and the military, the programme has been effectively managed.

“With time, the sect will have no boys to fight for them. I have seen the de-radicalised of ex-boko haram members. With those boys going back to contribute their skills to better the economy of their communities, the end of boko haram has come,’’ he said.

Nwakpa appealed to Nigerians and the international community to scale up their supports to government’s resolve to end insurgency in the North-east, stressing that conflict resolution was a collective task in finding lasting solution to crisis anywhere in the world.

NAN reports that the army on Wednesday, graduated 152 ex-insurgents after undergoing 12-month de-radicalisation training in Gombe. (NAN)