Senator Ali Ndume reacted to a recently created Boko Haram bill to create an agency for repentant insurgents.
The Borno State Federal Law maker, who is also the chairman of the Senate Committee for the Army, Senator Ali Ndume, in an interview, said he is entirely against such law.
The Boko Haram bill aims to create a national agency that takes care of the rehabilitation, de-radicalization and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.
It was listed in the Senate order document on Thursday for the first reading.
In his reaction, Ndume also said that the project is just unacceptable and his colleagues know his position on this.
“Personally, I don’t agree with that. The war is not over and some criminals who are killing people say they are doing Operation Safe Corridor for them.
“I am totally against this idea. They know my position on this, you can’t do that.
“It is when you win the war and some people surrender that you think of something like that,” said Ndume.
He added that the idea of the project will only make Boko Haram have more recruits, as they are sure of rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
“You are just telling people to join Boko Haram and then repent and become something that is a totally unacceptable idea and a way to solve the problem.”
The Boko Haram bill was recently sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam and is subtitled as ‘National Agency for Education, Rehabilitation, Deradicalization and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc.) Bill 2020 (SB. 340)’.
Senator Gaidam is representing the eastern Yobe district in the Senate.
He is also the former immediate governor of Yobe, one of the states hardest hit by insurgents in the northeastern part of the country.
Other states that have suffered most attacks in the heat of the insurgency, according to reports, are Adamawa and Borno.