Babatunde Gbadamosi, the Action Democratic Party (ADP) candidate in the 2019 Lagos State governorship elections, has called on the international community to deny lawmakers who vote to create a special rehabilitation programme for “repentant terrorists” in the country.
Gbadamosi made the call in a post on Friday in reaction to the introduction and first reading of the ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 340)’.
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.
However, the former Lagos governorship candidate described the supporters of the bill as “probable terrorist sympathisers” who want to ensure that more havoc is wreaked on the country.
“I strongly advise the international community to deny visas to every Nigerian legislator who votes for the bill to establish an agency for “repentant” Boko Haram.
“They are PROBABLY terrorist sympathisers & will probably export terror into your country,” Gbadamosi tweeted.
Already, some senators are disassociating themselves and voicing their opposition against the bill.
One of such lawmakers is Senator Ali Ndume, the lawmaker representing Borno South senatorial district, who said he is “completely against” the newly introduced bill