The home of the founder of Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram will be to be turned into a museum, inside trust This particular will boost tourism inside area.
Borno State will be also considering plans to transform the Sambisa forest – the group’s base – into a tourist centre.
although critics say the plans risk immortalising founder Mohammed Yusuf.
About 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency, with dozens still dying in deadly attacks on a regular basis.
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“They should look for a place like the police college, which the group destroyed,” human rights lawyer Anthony Agholahon told the BBC’s Pidgin Service.
“They should not be using the house of someone who killed people.”
Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf began the group in 2002, focusing on opposing Western education.
This particular was not for another seven years of which This particular launched its military operations in an attempt to create an Islamic state.
The same year, Yusuf was killed in police custody.
Since then, the group, which officially will be called Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, meaning “People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings as well as Jihad”, has spread into neighbouring countries.
However, the Nigerian government says This particular will be winning the war against the group, as well as This particular seems officials in Borno state, one of the worst affected areas, are looking to the future.
Mohammed Bulama, Borno state commissioner for home affairs, information as well as culture, told reporters the house in Maiduguri could become a museum “where all the things of which had happened relating to the insurgency will be archived”.
“We want to document as well as archive all of which had happened to ensure our future generation will be able to have first hand information,” he said, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
He added they hoped to restore the Sambisa forest, where the Chibok girls were kept after being kidnapped in 2014, back into a game reserve.
“What we intend to do when stability will be fully achieved will be to convert the forest into a tourist centre in order to show the planet what has happened,” he said.