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Borno Senator disagrees with proposed agency to rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram

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Senator Ali Ndume

As reactions continue to trail the bill to create agency for rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram fighters, Senator Ali Ndume who is the Chairman of Senate Committee on Army has condemned the move.

In a media interaction with Channels Television monitored by CAPITAL POST in Kaduna, he said, it would encourage people to join the insurgents because of the assurance that they will join the civil service at the end of the day.

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Recall that the National Agency for Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria was sponsored by Senator Ibrahim Gaidam representing Yobe East Senatorial District and former governor of Yobe State.

The bill was meant to create an administrative structure that would deal with repentant Boko Haram insurgents willing to be absorbed back in the society.

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“I personally disagree with that. The war is not over and some criminals that have been killing people you say that you are doing Operation Safe Corridor for them.

“I am completely against that idea. They know my position on that, you can’t do that.

“It is when you win the war and some people surrender that you think about something like that,” Ndume said.

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“You are just telling people to go and join Boko Haram and then repent and become something (sic) that’s a totally unacceptable idea and a way of solving the problem.”

“The bill is unacceptable”, Ndume insisted.

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