Borno State governor, Mr. Babagana Umara Zulum has sought amnesty for repentant and outlawed Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria.
Governor Zulum disclosed this this after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state House in Abuja where he briefed the Nigerin leader on security issues in the State.
Recall that in 2016, the Nigerian government launched a counter insurgency operation otherwise called operation safe corridors to deradicalised repentant Boko Haram fighters in the Sahel region.
Since the lunch, over 2600 Boko Haram terrorists who have willingly surrendered to the Nigerian military and are currently in custody of the military while over 500,000 persons had been killed in Nigeria, amidst concern of the genuineness of the motive.
According to the Governor, “Those fighters who surrendered should be accepted and treated well and should not be rejected in their communities. That is the only way to show them the difference by loving them because they have repented from their mistakes,” the governor said.
He explained that, “not all of them are criminals. Some of them are also victims, as such the need for communities to understand and welcome the fact that they have realised their shortcomings and are now turning in to be good Citizens”.
Recalling how he escaped death five times in the terrorists in Borno State, Zulum said the government is not contemplating inducing the repentant terrorists into the military after the categorization and profiling.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan in a recent interview had recently called for a clearly defined national policy towards ensuring that everybody (repentant Boko Haram) is sanitised before they are reintegrated back to society.