The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Tuesday, in Kaduna, urged the federal government to prosecute Boko Haram members who have repented or surrendered.
Recall that several Boko Haram members recently surrendered their weapons to the Nigerian Military high command.
Reacting to the insurgents’ decision to surrender their to lay down their arms, National Chairman of the forum, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in a statement in Kaduna on Tuesday, said that, on the contrary, “if they (Boko Haram) will be set free, then it behoves on the government to free all those who are in custody in any part of the country for one crime or the other.”
According to him, there is no concrete evidence from Boko Haram or their sponsors that the war is over.
According to him, “for Boko Haram to say, ‘I am sorry’ is enough to bring relief to thousands of Nigerians or even those killed?”
He added, “Nigerians are currently witnessing large scale surrender of large numbers of Boko Haram insurgents, among whom are bomb makers, commanders, arsonists, rapists, and child snatchers, adding that, “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 dead and 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 it.
“We join the Governor of Borno, 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,” he further added