Senator Ali Ndume has again faulted the amnesty programme for members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.
Ndume who represents Borno South under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), while addressing journalists in Abuja on his discoveries after touring different villages and towns in Borno, said it was wrong for the Federal Government to grant amnesty to terrorists when the war is still far from over, saying that the arrangement cannot bring peace.
He noted that more resources should be instead channelled to resettling the victims of insurgents.
“The war must be over before we start doing that.
“The military could open up the corridor, allow everybody to enter and start profiling them and keep them somewhere as prisoners of war and train them.
“The current arrangement where the repentant insurgents are granted amnesty without apologizing to the victims and the state cannot bring about the required peace,” he said.
Speaking on the activities of the soldiers fighting the deadly sect, Ndume said they were apart from repelling the insurgents, also engaging in humanitarian activities.
“Despite the difficult challenges confronting the military operation in my area, the soldiers deployed to fight the insurgents have been very wonderful.
“At Ngoshe for instance, the military personnel there, apart from repelling the attacks from the insurgents, have mobilized resources to start rebuilding, through direct labour, houses that were destroyed by the Boko Haram fighters. The soldiers did not know the owners of the houses they are rebuilding,” Senator Ndume said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.