Why Can’t the FG Punish Remorseful Insurgents? -lai Mohammed
NaijaNews August 21, 2021
NaijaNews reports that the Federal Government has warned “naysayers” to cease spreading misleading information about Boko Haram militants who are surrendering in large numbers in the North-East.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Washington on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued the warning this online new learned.
According to NAN, 1,000 Boko Haram fighters and their families have surrendered to army forces in the southern Borno towns of Konduga, Bama, and Mafa in recent weeks.
Those who claimed that the surrendered rebels were not true Boko Haram fighters should be shot rather than offered amnesty were chastised by the minister.
He also described as “false and demoralising’’ the claim in certain quarters that the surrendered insurgents would be recruited into the Nigerian military
“The fact that we are witnessing insurgents submitting in droves calls for commendation of our military for their doggedness.
“We must not forget that two months ago, Nigerians were putting pressure on the President to recruit mercenaries to fight the war against terror because they said we were losing the war.
“The President, however, remained focused and confident in his belief in the Nigerian military that they have what it takes to defeat the insurgents.