Wives of Nigerian soldiers killed in the war against insurgency, have kicked against the release of repentant Boko Haram members.
The wives, under the aegis of Military Widows Association, expressed their anger at the federal government for releasing persons, who they said were responsible for the death of their husbands and many other Nigerians, including women and children.
Edith Opesanmi, vice president of the Association, made this known at the ‘Support Our Troops Foundation’ in Abuja, on Thursday.
She decried the decision of the government to replicate the Millitant Amnesty Programme with Boko Haram terrorists, The Herald reports.
According to her, the terrorists should be treated as the criminals that they are, saying they should not enjoy preferential treatment despite killing their husbands in cold blood.
It was reported that the federal government has released over 2000 repentant fighters of the jihadi group, through a rehabilitation programme codenamed: ‘Operation Safe Corridor’.
However, the widows believe their husbands sacrificed their lives in vain, since their killers are walking freely in the society.
“They (terrorists) should face justice. You know they are involved in the killing and maiming of soldiers. So, whenever they are arrested, they should be punished like any other criminal.
“We widows feel bad about it. Our husbands go to fight these terrorists and keep dying. The number of widows is increasing daily. Some of these widows are young ladies,” Opesanmi said.
Mike Ejiofor, former director at the Department of State Services (DSS), also faulted the decision of the government to release the repentant insurgents.
He stated that it was wrong to release the “evil perpetrators”, when the war against them was still ongoing.