22 women and girls trained as suicide bombers by Boko Haram are said to be in the process of rehabilitation after voluntarily committing to a de-radicalisation programme run by the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA). The Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) programme is also working with 47 other former sect members hoping to reform them as well as prevent others from joining the violent organisation. President Muhammadu Buhari was briefed on Tuesday June 30, 2015, about the programme, by the NSA office.
Dr Fatima Akilu, head of the CVE department, when informing the president of the progress made by the programme, noted that their non-military approach was running parallel to the armed operations taken against insurgents within the country. Akilu also stated that the CVE has rehabilitated 305 people who were rescued from Boko Haram in the Sambisa Forest by the Nigerian Military.
President Buhari has praised the NSA and other offices working against terrorism and rehabilitating victims of extremist organisations in Nigeria. In an he said “that the federal government will continue to do its best to ensure that victims of Boko Haram’s atrocities receive necessary support”.