Senator denounces FG amnesty for repentant Boko Haram fighters

Senator denounces FG amnesty for repentant Boko Haram fighters

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Senator Ali Ndume has denounced the Federal Government’s amnesty for repentant Boko Haram insurgents.

FILE: BOKO HARAM FIGHTERS

The Senator stated this following report of a repentant Boko Haram member, who killed his father, stole his wealth and disappeared after reintegration.

The lawmaker representing Borno South in the National Assembly who disclosed this during an interview with a British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa programme monitored in Kaduna on Wednesday, wondered why the Government investing hugely on repentant insurgents.

The Senator alleged that most of the insurgents recently integrated into the community had gone back to their old ways.

Ndume said the programme was unacceptable, calling on the government to stop forthwith.

According to him, rather than training Boko Haram that won’t appreciate it, those in the IDP camps should be trained in various trades and vocations.

The lawmaker said, “They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent. The government should know what to do about them, but not reintroducing someone to you, who has killed your parents or your relations.

“Not that he even apologised to you; he apologised to the government. His thinking was that government has failed and that is why they are being pampered. This government’s programme is unacceptable to our people. The right thing is to stop it forthwith.

“If there is sincerity of purpose, those in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps should be trained in various trades and vocations, so that they can start life again”.

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