Senate Army Committee Chair Senator Ali Ndume has said he does not agree that the surrendered Boko Haram terrorists should be given a general amnesty or be coddled by the Nigerian military.
Borno South Senatorial District representative Ndume said the repentant terrorists should not be given a pat on the back.
The senator confirmed this during a speech as a guest on Channels Television.
A few days ago, the Nigerian military issued a statement saying that the recent offensive operations of Operation Hadin Kai troops led to the massive surrender of Boko Haram and Islamic State terrorists in the northeast province of West Africa, a report that caused a stir in various reactions to what became of the “repentant” terrorists.
Senator Ndume said he was not surprised at the development because of the hostile environment the troops had created for the terrorists.
“It actually came as no surprise to me, as I’ve been saying for a long time that the country’s armed forces and other security forces are handicapped. Otherwise, they have the capacity and ability to prosecute this war.
“Now that they’re getting what they need, you can see the results in this short time. And I expect more.
“It’s just that, as I’ve said before, there shouldn’t be a general amnesty and pampering treatment for those who have surrendered,” Ndume said.
What he says needs to be done now is to ensure that the apparently apologetic insurgents are carefully profiled without any rush to return them to their communities.
The federal legislature believed that the military should be more focused on ending the Boko Haram War even faster than predicted in various quarters.
The legislator expressed confidence in the new leadership of the armed forces and determined that the well-coordinated cooperation between the country’s security forces would bring benefits for all.
“I think it’s a welcome development and I’m confident there will be more to see with the new leadership and partnership,” he said.