The National Chairman of the Pan-Northern socio-political organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, has tasked the Federal Government to punish the repentant Boko Haram insurgents.
The leadership of the group in a statement issued charged the Federal Government to not gloss over the sins committed by the insurgents as they did it with im impunity and have caused lots of people to lose their loved ones.
The statement was entitled, ‘On repentant Boko Haram Terrorists and the Principle of Equity and Justice’.
It read, “We are currently witnessing large scale surrender of large numbers of Boko Haram Insurgents, among whom are bomb makers, commanders, arsonists, rapists, and child snatchers.
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“Do we have good reason to cheer and hope for an end to this decade-old insanity? Is ‘I am sorry’ enough to bring relief to Nigerians and the thousands of the dead and the maimed? What of those victims bombed in the churches, mosques, schools, and markets? What of all the men and women in uniform murdered by them?
“Who can count the thousands of widows and orphans they have created?
“So, what do we do with them? Should we just embrace them and trust them wholesale? Are their moves informed by altruistic repentance? We seriously doubt.
“We join the Governor of Borno (Babagana Zulum), The Shehu of Borno, Senator Ndume and millions of Nigerians in pondering over this development and our simple advice is: Bring them to trial, or free all others presently in custody anywhere, while we Nigerians plead guilty of naivety and gullibility in the extreme, punishable by more insurrection and anarchy.”