Friday, April 9, 2021

I’m not in support of establishing agency for repentant Boko Haram members – Ndume


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The Senator representing Borno South in the National Assembly, Ali Ndume has kicked against the idea of establishing a national commission for the repentant Boko Haram members, saying that the idea is immature considering that the war against insurgency is still on.

Recall that Senator Ibrahim Gaidam has proposed a bill for an act to establish a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.

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However, in a swift reaction during an interview with Channels Television on Friday, Mr Ndume said that the bill is out rightly unacceptable.

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“I personally disagree with that. The war is not over and some criminals that have been killing people you say that you are doing Operation Safe Corridor for them.

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“I am completely against that idea. They know my position on that, you can’t do that.

“It is when you win the war and some people surrender that you think about something like that,” said Mr Ndume who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Army.

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According to the Senator, the idea of the bill will only make Boko Haram have more recruits since they are sure of rehabilitation and reintegration into society.

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“You are just telling people to go and join Boko Haram and then repent and become something (sic) that’s a totally unacceptable idea and a way of solving the problem.”

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