300 By IkonAllah


People who go through such centers end up loosing faith in society because they feel betrayed by family and friends who watched on or even encouraged their torture in the name of rehabilitation. They end up becoming lost with extremist views which lead them to terrorism associated with lack of empathy.

In the movie 300, leonades the king of sparta took 300 spartan warriors to fend an attack from Persians who came to invade their land and enslave their people.
Fast forward to today in Nigeria and you find fellow Nigerians enslaving 300 people with some tied in chains akin to the dark days of slave trade. Last week same Number of boys and men were rescued in Kaduna by the police.
Kaduna is a capital city and if such can be happening in the cities you can imagine what goes on in the hinterlands.
Let’s assume there is one of such “Islamic rehabilitation center/schools” in each of the 19 northern states with 200 captives kept in sub human conditions, it will amount to 3,800 people. Mind you these centers are wide spread in the north and there can be as much as 1000.

Some years back a friend of mine was tricked by family members who felt his lifestyle was getting out of control to one of such rehabilitation centers in Fufore LGA of Adamawa state, luckily for him he was able to reach out to his father a retired military man who came to the rehabilitation slave camp and rescued him. The tales he told about the condition of those in the rehab center is best not recounted. A cousin of mine was also tricked to the same institution and I stood up to ensure he was released immediately to the chagrin of relatives who felt he should be rehabilitated. The question I put to them was simple ARE THERE NO OTHER LESS BRUTAL REHABILITATION CENTERS? WHAT WILL BECOME OF HIM IF HE LOOSES HIS HUMANITY WITH ALL THE TORTURE?
There are other options for rehabilitating drug addicts provided by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA and NGOs. They may not be perfect but are better than the traditional “Islamic” rehabilitation centers called gyaran mallam.
People who go through such centers end up loosing faith in society because they feel betrayed by family and friends who watched on or even encouraged their torture in the name of rehabilitation. They end up becoming lost with extremist views which lead them to terrorism associated with lack of empathy.

Its time for Government at all levels to clamp down on illegal organisations functioning under any guise that engage in treating fellow humans like slaves. This also includes children homes where children are abused and maternities where babies are bought and sold. We must ensure that no citizen is held against his will without recourse to the rule of law

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