UN chief backs Nigeria’s integration of insurgents, calls it key to peace


U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he fully supports moves to expand facilities to reintegrate surrendering Islamist insurgents in northeastern Nigeria as it was a key step to achieving peace in Africa’s most populous nation.

Guterres, who visited a camp housing some fighters who surrendered and another housing internally displaced persons in the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, later explained at a news conference that the integration programme would help achieve peace.

Guterres further urged continued humanitarian support in Borno, but added that, ultimately, people in camps wanted to return to their homes “in safety and dignity.”

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