The Senator representing Borno South Senatorial District, Senator Ali Ndume, has distanced himself from the Boko Haram Bill, aimed at creating a national agency that would see to the rehabilitation, de-radicalisation, and integration of repentant insurgents in the country.
Ndume disclosed this during an interview with newsmen on Friday in Abuja.
The Senate Committee Chairman on Army, while reacting to the Bill stated that the bill is out rightly unacceptable and his colleagues know his position on this.
“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.
The former Senate Leader explained further that, the idea of the bill will only make Boko Haram have more recruits since they are sure of rehabilitation and reintegration into society.
“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 the brainchild of the former governor and Senator representing Yobe East senatorial District, Senator Ibrahim Geidam, tittled ‘National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB. 340)’.
The Bill was listed in the order paper for First Reading at the plenary, on Thursday.