he Federal Government of Nigeria’s payout for Boko Haram repentants is unrefined mercy that continues to leave a horrible breach in our country’s fabric after spilling innocent blood and dividing lovers with remote bombs.
The Federal Government of Nigeria’s greatest resolution after pulling triggers on innocent souls and slicing many unripe necks is to rehabilitate serial killers who have wreaked havoc on innocent Nigerians.
The finest punishment the Federal Government of Nigeria could give penitent terrorists is reintegration back into society to live among commoners, having caused many tears and leaving many houses in anguish that would last for years.
Could it be that the Federal Government is advising itself or owing its think-tank, whose illogical counsel may be in retaliation for unpaid salaries and remunerations? The Federal Government’s nagging affair with terrorists is a troubling move that needs to be investigated. Is the Federal Government aware of Afghanistan’s current predicament and the costs of reintegrating repentant Talibans into society? Many of them pretended to repent and worked as spies, passing on important information to their remaining members in hiding, such as Kairullah Khairkhwa, who was rehabilitated and released from Guantanamo by President Obama and is now a key Taliban figure in Afghanistan. Is that not a powerful message already?
Treating terrorists with a consanguine fist rather than an iron fist is so unhealthy for a country already on the verge of total turmoil; the sensitive decision by the Federal Government will only fan the embers of chaos, as Borno Governor Babangana Zulum recently stated. Hear what he has to say: “Another part of the insurgency battle that urgently needs to be addressed or amended is the question of deradicalization of Boko Haram militants who have been captured or who have willingly surrendered themselves to the Authorities. The concept of deradicalization, or Safe Corridor, has been proved to be ineffective. Those who have been deradicalized or who have passed through the Safe Corridor project frequently return to the terror group after carefully examining the varied security procedures in their host community throughout the reintegration process.”
The question then becomes whether the Federal Government genuinely cares about the lives of individuals in host communities where penitent terrorists are reintegrated, or if the lives of our military men, many of whom have been slaughtered by these same terrorists, are also respected. The reaction of a young widow, Oluwaseun Sakaba, whose husband, Lieutenant Colonel I. Sakaba, was one of the 44 soldiers murdered in November 2018,by militants during an attack on 157 Task Force Battalion in Metele, Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State, melts my heart deep. Hear the unfortunate widow’s word, culled from Twitter @hqnigerianarmy: “…I should forgive them for making me a young widow, I should forgive them for killing my husband, his brother and his mother! I should forgive them for making me seek refuge in another country! I should forgive them for making many women widows and children fatherless…” This does definitely bring pain to one’s heart – and the question then arises: does the Federal Government of Nigeria truly cherish the lives of our military personnel?
Serial killers should not be pacified by a government that uses harsh measures and arrests to deal with nonviolent demonstrators. It is past time for the federal government to learn from Afghanistan’s mistakes. Because no terrorist genuinely repents of his ideas, immediate prosecution of insurgents under the “Terrorism Act” should be prioritized. It will only be a matter of time and chance before he or she takes action once more. The Federal Government must refrain from making a major error that may plunge Nigeria into a bloodbath.
We are on the precipice of total plunge into quicksand, and this is a rallying cry for everyone to stand up for what is right. And, what is right, in this case, is that, the hands that shed blood must go with the sword when justice demands it.