Following the rescue by Nigerian troops of over 600 girls and women abducted by Boko Haram, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, yesterday lamented that the impregnation of a sizeable number of the ladies was aimed at producing future insurgents. The governor therefore, noted the need for a special programme to break the chain anticipated by the terrorists.
He spoke through an aide, Isa Gusau, during a closed-door meeting in Maiduguri at the weekend with government officials. “Boko Haram deliberately raped women with the intention of getting them pregnant so they would give birth to future insurgents as successors of their violent struggles,” Shettima said, adding that his study of the terrorists showed “there is a general belief among them that whoever doesn’t share their ideology is an infidel, and as such they can freely acquire the (infidel’s) property and wife to serve as slaves and satisfy the sexual urge of their masters.
”According to him, the sect members believe the children they father are likely to share their ideology and succeed their parents in years to come and as such the circle would be maintained”. “I am happy with the recovery of hundreds of women and children; it is a thing of joy that they have been freed alive. I am also very worried about what the future holds for us if what I gather about these insurgents holds true.
“These people (Boko Haram) have the conviction that any child they father will grow to inherit their ideology whether they 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.
“This booty includes women that are allocated to ranking leaders of the sect as sex slaves. The sect leaders make very conscious effort to impregnate the women.
Some of them, I was told, even pray before mating, offering supplications for God to make the products of what they are about doing become children that would inherit their ideology.
“After getting their captives pregnant, they keep them to allow the pregnancy mature to about four or more months to make abortion difficult or impossible due to the risks involved at that level. They abandon the women afterwards to go and give birth. “In most cases, the women return home to conceive. Sometimes, some of the women deliver in captivity and the children grow to four or five years. This might be the case with these insurgents, who might have been operating in Sambisa camps since 2009.”