Thousands have been killed. Thousands have been wounded. Hundreds have misplaced their homes and families. The annihilation project has become the most dangerous conundrum to grapple with in Nigeria and surrounding geographies. Boko Haram has not only produced a dark image for Nigeria, it has also shortlisted Nigeria as a nation with feeble security. Since President Buhari’s ascension, the terrorist organisation has been incapacitated to a level, yet there is still some magnitude of shocks of violence and murders perpetrated by the group. If the founder’s house is transformed into a museum, wouldn’t it be a museum of shame?
Since the beginning of this pogrom in 2002, 20,000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency, with dozens still dying in deadly attacks on a regular basis. However, several residents of the beleaguered nation have claimed this would mean immortalising a murderer if Yusuf’s house is turned a centre for tourism. “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.
Mohammed Bulama, Borno state commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, told reporters the house in Maiduguri would become a museum “where all the things that had happened relating to the insurgency will be archived”.
“We want to document and archive all that had happened so that our future generations 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 is fully achieved is to convert the forest into a tourist centre in order to show the world what has happened,” he said.