It was reported that Boko Haram insurgents deliberately rape women with the intention of getting them pregnant so they would give birth to future insurgents as successors of their violent struggles, hence, the need for a special programme to break the chain anticipated by the insurgents, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima alerted on Monday.
Shettima said from his studies of practices associated with the insurgents, there is a general believe amongst them that whoever doesn’t share their ideology is an infidel and as such his wife and property can be freely acquired by the sect members with the wives serving as slaves that should satisfy sexual urge of their masters.
The Governor also said that it is held amongst the sect members that children fathered by them are likely to share their ideology later in life and succeed their parents in years to come and as such the circle will be maintained.
The Governor’s comment is coming when hundreds women and children were rescued by the military in recent days amidst reports that some of the women are visibly pregnant even though it is not clear whether they became pregnant in captivity or were captured with pregnancy.
Shettima’s spokesman, Isa Gusau, said his boss made the observation while addressing some Government officials at a closed door meeting in Maiduguri at the weekend which was made public on Monday.
“I am happy with the recovery of hundreds of women and children, it is a thing of joy that they have been freed alive. However, I also very worried about what the future holds for us if what I have gathered about these insurgents works according to their plan. I remember discussing this in an elaborate interview I granted to the Sunday Trust last year.
“These people (Boko Haram) have a certain spiritual conviction that any child they father will grow to inherit their ideology whether the live with the children or not. They also believe that whoever does not hold their ideology is an unbeliever that should be killed and rendered homeless and whatever belongs to him or her becomes a legitimate booty recovered from enemies.