Reports from Abuja say the home of the founder of Nigeria’s Islamism militant group Boko Haram is to be turned into a museum in the hope it will boost tourism in the area.

Borno State is also considering plans to transform the Sambisa forest, which is the group’s base, into a tourist centre, but critics say the plans risk immortalising founder Mohammed Yusuf.

Human rights lawyer Anthony Agholahon said authorities should look for a place like the police college, which the group destroyed, not to use the house of someone who killed people.

About 20 000 people have been killed in Boko Haram’s eight-year insurgency, with several others still dying in deadly attacks on a regular basis.

Boko Haram’s founder Mohammed Yusuf began the group in 2002, focusing on opposing western education.

It was not for another seven years that it launched its military operations in an attempt to create an Islamic state.

Since then, the group has spread into neighbouring countries.