The Nigerian Army on Saturday claimed that some parents donate their daughters to the Boko Haram group for suicide attacks.
In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Sani Usman, the Army therefore warned such parents to desist forthwith.
Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, also appealed to religious, traditional and community leaders, and other Nigerians in the North-east, to dissuade people from donating their daughters to Boko Haram for indoctrination and suicide bombing missions.
Mr. Usman said the appeal became necessary following revelations by some intercepted female suicide bombers during interrogations.
“It was discovered that most of these hapless minors were “donated” to the terrorist sect by their heartless and misguided parents and guardians, as part of their contribution to the perpetuation of the Boko Haram terrorists’ dastardly acts against the Nigerian society and humanity.
“The acts of these parents and guardians are not only barbaric, but condemnable and unacceptable.
“Nigerians 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,” Usman said.
This is coming just days after three suicide bombers were killed by the Nigerian military at Simari area of Maiduguri, capital of Borno state.
The suicide bombers were chased by security personnel in the ensuing stampede and in an attempt to escape arrest, the suicide bombers hurriedly detonated the IEDs strapped on their bodies killing themselves.