Boko Haram recruits child soldiers now - MNJTF
They raised the alarm and said Boko Haram wants to use them to resuscitate its declining influence in the Lake Chad Basin.
Timothy Antigha, Nigerian army colonel and Chief of Military Public Information for the task force, revealed this in a statement released from N’Djamena – Chad on Thursday August 12.
He said that the disturbing development was noticed and revealed by intelligence sources and wascorroborated by concerned individuals and groups some days ago.
Antigha who noted that the recent recruitment of child soldiers by the terrorist group might be due to the recent mass surrender of its members to the military, said that the intelligence was confirmed after the terrorist group released a video of children dressed in military fatigue and holding assault rifles during the Sallah celebrations.
This recent employment of child soldiers is as a result of frustration caused by several operational losses, leadership crises, as well as disillusionment among fighters and their subsequent surrender in hundreds to the task force.
The focus on children is because they are easier to manipulate and indoctrinate than the adults within the region who can now see through the veil of deceit.
Arising from this latest atrocity by Boko Haram, the MNJTF urges parents, local authorities, religious and traditional institutions to be vigilant and promptly alert security agencies of any overt or covert attempts to recruit their children and wards."NaijaBlog.ng