Tensions are rising in Northern Nigeria over the possibility that the ISWAP terrorist group will not stop at invading communities and will instead target urban areas.
One might wonder why they are afraid when the Muhammadu Buhari administration has declared that terrorists in the country are a thing of the past, implying that they have been “technically defeated.”
The news: According to a report by the Institute of Security Studies (ISS), approximately 200 young boys graduated from the Darul-Quran training camp run by the Islamic State’s West Africa Province (ISWAP) in February 2022.
On Thursday, the ISS website published a report titled “Children on the Battlefield: ISWAP’s Latest Recruits.”
According to an ISS report, ISWAP operates 50 such camps in the Lake Chad Basin, where children from Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger are trained.
What could the government do to put a stop to ISWAP recruitment?
The ISS report urged governments and other stakeholders in the Lake Chad region to take preventive measures rather than reactive ones to prevent more children from being recruited.
It was noted that the advice was based on the understanding that among the conditions that enable children’s recruitment are a lack of formal education and a lack of livelihoods.
- “Community consultations are the anchor for any strategy to address child recruitment.
- Without this vital step, interventions will be less effective, and former recruits may be stigmatised and rejected. “
Mandy News discovered a video of young boys undergoing strenuous combat training on unmaskingbokoharam, a WordPress-hosted blog. As the video ends, some children are seen executing captured soldiers from the battlefield. According to one of the instructors, the boys are being prepared for graduation and deployment.