There have been reports that Boko Haram has started training young boys for combat purposes. While this news is very disturbing, it is not surprising because recently, there has been a sharp increase in the use of children, especially girls as suicide bombers. These girls are believed to be among the about 230 Chibok girls still in Boko Haram custody.
I found these pictures on a popular Nigerian entertainment blog, Lindaikeji.blogspot.com and she credited the pictures to ‘Kayode Ogundamisi’, however noting that she couldn’t verify the authenticity.
For me, I don’t doubt any bit that an organization as evil as Boko Haram is capable of using young boys for their devilish agenda. After all, we have seen them use young innocent girls as suicide bombers. These boys are believed to be among the hundreds of people Boko Haram has kidnapped in their increasing amount of kidnappings.
The future of these young boys is at a dire risk. They are still children and do not have a mind of their own. Radicalizing them will not only take away their future but will make them dire hard terrorists because they have been groomed that way since childhood.
We must protect the future of our children and of our country. The Nigerian Government should make sure an end is put to the incessant rate of kidnapping by Boko Haram and efforts should still be made to free those who are being held hostage.
I say this, remembering that our young innocent girls, about 230 of them have still not being brought back.