Mohammed Yusuf, bare-chested and with a bandage on his arm, surrounded by soldiers
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Mohammed Yusuf based Boko Haram in 2002

The house of the founding father of Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram is to be changed into a museum, within the hope it would enhance tourism within the space.

Borno State can also be contemplating plans to rework the Sambisa forest – the group’s base – right into a vacationer centre.

However critics say the plans threat immortalising founder Mohammed Yusuf.

About 20,000 individuals have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency, with dozens nonetheless dying in lethal assaults frequently.

“They need to search for a spot just like the police school, which the group destroyed,” human rights lawyer Anthony Agholahon instructed the BBC’s Pidgin Service.

“They shouldn’t be utilizing the home of somebody who killed individuals.”

Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf started the group in 2002, specializing in opposing Western training.

It was not for an additional seven years that it launched its army operations in an try to create an Islamic state.

The identical yr, Yusuf was killed in police custody.

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The Sambisa Forest (pictured) was used as a hideout for the group

Since then, the group, which formally known as Jama’atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad, which means “Folks Dedicated to the Propagation of the Prophet’s Teachings and Jihad”, has unfold into neighbouring nations.

Nonetheless, the Nigerian authorities says it’s profitable the battle in opposition to the group, and it appears officers in Borno state, one of many worst affected areas, wish to the longer term.

Mohammed Bulama, Borno state commissioner for house affairs, info and tradition, instructed reporters the home in Maiduguri would grow to be a museum “the place all of the issues that had occurred referring to the insurgency shall be archived”.

“We need to doc and archive all that had occurred in order that our future era will be capable to have first hand info,” he mentioned, in response to the Information Company of Nigeria.

He added they hoped to revive the Sambisa forest, the place the Chibok women had been stored after being kidnapped in 2014, again right into a sport reserve.

“What we intend to do when stability is totally achieved is to transform the forest right into a vacationer centre with the intention to present the world what has occurred,” he mentioned.