A Borno indigene and chairman of the Senate Committee on Army, Sen. Ali Ndume has revealed gory tales of how Boko Haram terrorists, including some who have passed through the federal government rehabilitation and reintegration programme for repented terrorists have been massacring innocent citizens in the north east.
Ndume who briefed newsmen, Wednesday, on the outcome of his closed door meeting with the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai revealed how the terrorists dragged 75 Muslim teachers known as Malam to an abattoir in Borno and killed them.
The senator expressed his disapproval of the rehabilitation and reintegration programme for so called repentant Boko Haram terrorists
His words: “I am in disagreement with the government on the issue of deradicalization, rehabilitation and Reintegration of Boko Haram repentants. You can’t be resettling people, pampering them while the war is on.
“The committee is on the same page and I believe many Nigerians are on the same page with this.”
“In my village, malams that are Muslims, not ordinary Muslims but Malams, elders above 60, quote me, 75 of them were taken to an abattoir and slaughtered by Boko Haram.
“Can you imagine that the Nigerian army or the Nigerian government is saying that because these people have gone to repent, or they say they have their hands up, you bring them back and pamper them.
“If you give IDPs here, N150, 000 as pack as they give them (Boko Haram repentants) I have 10,000 of them here…. they are displaced, suffering. They know these people that killed their people, it is wrong”.
Ndume also revealed that some of the repented terrorist after their reintegration into society still help Boko Haram with information, especially about the operations of the military.
“In addition to that, the recent attack in Dambwa was carried out by a repentant giving information as to the movement of the army, the general that was killed was a victim.”
Ndume also reacted to the recent jailing of some Nigerians in the United Arab Emirate for sponsoring Boko Haram, a feat the Nigerian government has not been able to achieve.
“We are still calling on the Nigerian government that those that are directly or indirectly involved in Boko Haram activities should be brought to book and used as an example. I think we have not been up and doing on that,” he said.