Sen. Ali Ndume, Chairman of Senate Committee on Army

Insecurity: Nigeria’s reintegrating ex-Boko Haram terrorists is misplacement of priority ─Senator

*It is unfair and not right to have the government lavish resources on those who threaten the peace of Nigeria, says Sen. Ali Ndume, Chairman of Senate Committee on Army

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of continued terrorist attacks on Nigerians by the Boko Haram sect, Ali Ndume, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, has reiterated that he ‘completely’ disagrees with the Federal Government’s plan to rehabilitate and reintegrate repentant Boko Haram members into the society.

The Federal lawmaker stated his position, which was the same as that of the committee Wednesday at the closed-door 2021 Budget defence session with the Nigerian Army in Abuja, FCT.

Ndume, said to be of the opinion that deradicalising Ex-Boko Haram members is a misplacement of priority, noted that the Federal Government cannot be resettling and pampering former terrorists while the country is still at war with the terror group.

He stated: “I am in disagreement with the government.”

According to him, Boko Haram members who are apprehended can be kept as prisoners of war.

In due time, they can be profiled and tried in accordance with the law of the country, said he.

Senator Ndume also claimed that the recent terrorist attack in Damboa was orchestrated by a repentant Boko Haram member.

The Federal legislator disclosed that the repentant Boko Haram member was feeding the terror group information regarding the movement of the Army operatives.

He insisted that it is unfair and not right to have the government lavish its resources on those who threaten the peace of the nation.

It is recalled that early in February this year, Senator Ali Ndume had pushed against the bill aimed at creating an agency for repentant insurgents.

The Boko Haram Bill aimed at creating a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, deradicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country met with stiff opposition from Ndume who believes it is a misplacement of priority.

He said: “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.

“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,” Ndume said on the floor of the Senate where the bill was read for the first time.

The idea of the bill will only make Boko Haram have more recruits since they are sure of rehabilitation and reintegration into society, he declared.

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