Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC), has called for the immediate withdrawal and redeployment of all Christians and Southerners in the military from the troubled North-East region to the South.
The group also asked the federal government to replace the Christian soldiers with all the rehabilitated Boko Haram terrorists, and re-absolve them into the Nigerian army under the watchful eyes of Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Burutai.
According to OYC, the idea of releasing suspected Boko Haram members is a threat to the lives of Christians and Southerners in the army, and that they live at the mercy of the repentant terrorists, who might be fighting the soldiers from inside.
The group said only Christians and Southerners will be the target of the repentant terrorists.
The statement, which was contained in a press statement signed by the OYC president general, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, also noted that “release and absolving of Boko Haram suspects into the Nigerian Army, is nothing but a Security Threat to Christians and Southerners in the Military”.
“OYC is worried about the rationale behind the recent policy of release of Boko Haram Suspects and re-absolved them into the Nigerian Army, OYC queries Why Will terrorists fighting against the Nigerian State with Sophisticated weapons will be captured and released.
“Evidently, there are videos in circulations showing Boko Haram terrorists executing Soldiers and Civilians mainly Christians through a mean and ruthless process Such as beheading the victims.
“We therefore call for the release of all freedom fighters, Prisoners of Conscience currently in detention, without Carrying Arms against the State, as it is sheer injustice for terrorists executing Soldiers and Civilians will be released and re-absolved into the Nigerian Army, while those in the Self determination Struggle especially the Biafra agitators languish in Most prisons.
“OYC plead with President Muhammadu Buhari to stop Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Burutai, from further recruitment of Boko Haram Suspects into the Nigerian Army as it’s a mockery on the fight against insecurity in the North East, to infuse a Terrorist into the Army, as there’s possibilities that Boko Haram terrorists are gathering intelligence reports by Sponsoring some of their members into the Army through these exercise, which is aimed at weakening the strength of the military while strengthening the base of the Boko Haram insurgents.
“This madness must stop,or there should be mass withdrawal and redeployment of all Christians and Southerners in the Army from the North East to the South, and replace them Only with the assumed Repented Boko Haram Suspects to engage Boko Haram terrorists,” the statement said.