Some Nigerian families are donating their children to extremist terrorist group Boko Haram to carry out suicide missions against the countryâ€™s military, the countryâ€™s army said in a statementÂ Saturday.
Nigerian Army spokesmanÂ Sani Usman pleaded with local parents to discontinue the practice as the terrorist group continues its deadly insurgency.Â â€œIt was discovered that most of these hapless minors were donated to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians,â€ Usman said.
â€œThe acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable,â€ the spokesman added.
Boko Haram has pioneered the use of mostly female suicide bombers in its insurgency against the Nigerian government, frequently kidnappingÂ or cultivatingÂ young girls into the practice. At times the group has been known to deployÂ pregnant women as decoy suicide bombers.
Boko Haram at one point held the moniker of the worldâ€™s most deadly terrorist organization, killing nearly 7,000 people in 2015 and becameÂ internationallyÂ notorious after it abductedÂ nearly 300 young girls from a Nigerian school. The group maintains tenuous connections to the Islamic State, although itÂ traces its roots to an al-Qaida aligned Nigerian Islamist militia.
â€œNigerians have a responsibility and obligation to collectively mould our children and wards and define a better future for them rather than condemning them to death by the criminal Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathisers through suicide bombings,â€ Usman saidÂ in his announcement.
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