Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume has asked the military not to pamper repentant insurgents.
Appearing on a Television program on Thursday, August 12, Ndume noted that the recent success achieved in
the fight against insurgency shows that when the military gets the necessary resources, they will achieve results.
The senator stated that there should be resettlement of those displaced by insurgency before profiling, investigating,
and interrogating those that have surrendered.
“It didn’t come to me as a surprise actually, because I’ve been saying for a long time that the armed forces and
other security agencies of the country are handicapped, otherwise, they have the capacity and the ability
to prosecute this war.
“Now that what they need is given to them, you can see the results within this short time. And I’m expecting more.
“It is only that as I have said before, there shouldn’t be blanket amnesty and pampering treatment to those
who have surrendered.
“They should carefully be profiled, and there is no hurry in it. They should be in a hurry to capture and end this war,
but not really be in a hurry to talk about this issue of resettlement, reintegration, and all that.
“The first step after getting them is the resettlement of people, now that the war is getting to an end or
is almost ending. Then, we talk about profiling, investigating, and interrogating those that have surrendered.
“I think it is a welcome development and I have confidence that more is to be seen with the new leadership and
the new cooperation and inter-agency cooperation between our various security agencies.
“Just as we have been criticizing that the armed forces are not doing enough, now that they are doing enough,
and there is hope, and there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is a need for Nigerians to come out to support
the military by encouraging them, and commending them for what they have done.”
By Taiyelolu A