A lawmaker representing Borno South in the National Assembly, Senator Ali Ndume on Wednesday expressed displeasure at the Federal Government’s amnesty for repentant Boko Haram insurgents.
The senator stated this following report of a repentant Boko Haram member, who killed his father, stole his cattle and disappeared after reintegration.
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Ndume alleged that most of the insurgents who were recently integrated into the community had gone back to their old ways. He said the programme was unacceptable, and called on the government to halt it.
He made this known while speaking in a British Broadcasting Corporation Hausa programme monitored in Kaduna on Wednesday where he queried the rationale behind government investing hugely on repentant insurgents instead of the victims of their attacks.
He said rather than training Boko Haram that won’t appreciate it, those in the IDP camps should be trained in various trades and vocations.
In the lawmaker’s words, “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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Meanwhile, a widow, who was featured in the programme, lamented the Federal Government’s decision to train repentant insurgents and absorb them back into the community.
According to her, the insurgents killed her husband and she is now left with four children, and she wondered why the government was pampering the so-called repentant insurgents.
In her words, “This is hurting. They (Boko Haram) killed my husband in my presence. They killed my son. I am left suffering with four young orphans. Till death, I will never forget that day.”