By Amgbare Ekaunkumo,Yenagoa
The national leadership of the Niger Nonviolence Agitators Forum (NDNAF) after a careful deliberation from virtual Niger Delta stakeholders meeting disagreed with the federal government’s move to rehabilitate, integrate, and also its proposed move to pay repentant Boko Haram members the sum of one and fifty thousand naira as monthly stipends.
“This move is unfair and very wrong of the federal government to waste tax payers money on such characters who threatens the peace of this nation. We completely disagrees with it.”
The group through it’s spokesperson comrade Amatoru Victor Torubeni in a statement in Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, noted that the the federal government should know the far reaching negative implications of the above action.
Comrade Victor said, It will seem the federal government is encouraging millions of highly educated Nonviolent unemployed youths to take to violence as the only way to survive under the present harsh economy.
According him,We believe that the deradicalization of repentant Boko Haram members is a complete misplaced priority. It will seem to law abiding educated Nonviolent Nigerian youths that the federal government is resettling and pampering repentant terrorists while the entire nation is still at war with insurgents.
The statement read in parts,”Now that the war against Boko Haram terrorists is far from over, captured Boko Haram terrorists should be kept as prisoners of war and tried in accordance with the Nigerian laws.
“Most of these repentant terrorists are still at large in the country, playing the role of informants to Boko Haram terrorists and launching attacks on defenseless Nigerians with no clear cause of agitation.
“We appreciate the efforts of the fearless members of the national assembly that outrightly moved against the proposed Boko Haram terrorists Bill that was aimed at the creation of a national agency that would see to the de-radicalization, integration and rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram terrorists in the country.
“The idea of this Boko Haram Bill would only help Boko Haram terrorists to make more recruits, since they are sure of deradicalization, rehabilitation, reintegration into society and a monthly stipend of one hundred fifty thousand naira.
“The move is only encouraging more Nigerians to join insurgents and then repent there after in order to benefit from the above offers from the federal government which is completely unacceptable.
“Nigerians are completely grateful to the lawmakers who chose to be on same page with educated law abiding Nonviolent youths against the Federal government move.
“It is when the federal government wins the war against insurgents and others surrenders, that is when it is expected from the federal government to come up with such modalities,” he stated.