igerians who have lived under threats and terrorism for over a decade have suddenly been informed with somewhat news of mixed good/bad feeling that some of those who have been terrifying them for over ten years have voluntarily surrendered. Boko Haram, ISWAP commanders, bomb experts, and their imprisoned families have been reported to have emerged from the woods to surrender to military and security authorities.
How can you understand terrorists who have slaughtered hundreds of innocent people and held underage females in captive, maltreated and forced them into marriage and motherhood, suddenly proclaimed surrender and remorse alongside them and their children?
This cannot be praiseworthy, contrary to what GOC 7 Division, Gen. Abdulwahab Adelokun Eyitayo said in reaction to the recent escalation of offensive by OPHK (Operation Hadin Kai) forces. The entire farce is, if anything, abhorrent.
If there is anything to be proud of in this war on terrorism and insurgency, it is our soldiers’ valour and sacrifice. Many have given their lives to protect us as safely as possible during these difficult times in our country’s history.
A gang of villains who have wreaked havoc on society and devastated families and then appear out of nowhere when they realize their criminal organization is about to be shut down cannot be repentant. This deceit must be avoided by military intelligence and society at large. What is driving this rash of surrenders, and why is it happening now?
Among other things, two factors come to mind immediately. The first is the resurgent and discernible military offensive fueled by supply of Tocarno airplanes, which is anticipated to exert greater military force against these perdition’s sons. The second aspect is political. A new government and election are on the way. These terrorists and their backers are well aware that they will be confronted by a new regime that will most likely be harsher in its treatment of them.
The tragedy of this chapter in Nigerian history is that a cycle of terrorism may have begun, which must be broken with great determination if Nigeria is to be preserved. Nigeria must resolve that its political leadership will no longer be characterized by blatant nepotism, ethnic and religious intolerance, and blatant incompetence, as it has been in previous years.
It has been the lowest ebb in our national psyche, except for those who live in a fantasy world. This is what the country has become when provincial and primal interests have taken precedence over imaginative and transformational leadership in managing the country’s rich variety.
As we witnessed additional surrenders, let security and military personnel understand that these filthy creatures are merely attempting to stay alive so they can continue their killings and kidnappings spree on another day. The avowed enemies of the state and humanity are never forgiven.
We must continue to weep as we watch additional surrenders and welcome the releases and reunions of innocent hostages whose lives have been affected by individuals who do not deserve to be called humans. Nigeria cannot afford to sleep. No responsible government that cares about the protection and security of its citizens would grant terrorists and murderers amnesty or consider releasing them back into society, or exult in their deceitful surrender.
Nigerians are eagerly anticipating the end of this foreboding season, which has robbed every law-abiding citizen, young and old, man and woman, of everything they own.
God bless Nigeria!