Deliberations began Thursday, 20 January in the senate as the government moved to establish an agency for the reintegration of Boko haram terrorists back into the Nigerian society.
The bill which was introduced by the APC senator representing Yobe East District, Ibrahim Gaidam. He is also the immediate past governor of Yobe state, one of the Northeastern states worst hit by insurgents in the raging violence in the country.
The bill titled, ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalization and Integration of Repentant Insurgents in Nigeria’ has passed first reading at plenary today and is expected to become law to provide for a full-scale process of rehabilitation, de-radicalization and integration of the repentant insurgents in the country.
Many have condemned the move with some taking to social media to further criticize the government for what is widely regarded as yet another bad policy that does not help the current fight against terrorism in the land.
Obinwannem reported last week the government’s release of 1400 ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members back into the society as part of the ‘Operation Safe Corridor’ program. The announcement which was made by the Borno state Commissioner of information was also confirmed by the Defense Headquarters
Soldiers at the forefront of the fight in the North decried the release of the terrorists saying the killers will likely return to the bushes to kill them as most of them are not truly repentant.
Vladimir Chimaobi reporting, Obinwannem News