Senator Ali Ndume has kicked against the newly introduced bill designed to create an agency for repentant insurgents, saying that he is completely against the bill.
Senator Ndume said this on Friday in an interview with Channels Television.
The pro-Boko Haram bill was sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam.
It is captioned ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 340)’.
The Boko Haram Bill is aimed at creating a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.
The Federal Lawmaker from Borno State, who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Army, said further that the bill is out rightly unacceptable.
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.
He added that the idea of the bill will only make Boko Haram have more recruits since they are sure of rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
“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.”
He is also the immediate past governor of Yobe, one of the worst-hit states by insurgents in the north-eastern part of the country.
Other states that have suffered attacks the most in the heat of the insurgency, according to reports, are Borno and Adamawa States.
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