Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South senatorial district, has said he is completely against newly introduced bill set to create an agency for repentant insurgents.
The bill, introduced by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe East senatorial district, the immediate past governor of Yobe State, is aimed at creating a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.
But speaking in an interview on Friday, Senator Ndume, who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Army, said the bill is out rightly unacceptable, adding that his colleagues know his stance on the issue.
“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,” he said.
Ndume 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.”