Some internally displaced persons in the North East have condemned the decision by the Borno State Government to reintegrate Boko Haram terrorists into society.
Following the announcement by the Nigerian Army in the past week and the parading of over 1000 ‘repentant’ insurgents, Nigerians have continued to slate the Federal Government for treating terrorists with kid gloves.
In an exclusive chat with Saturday Punch, some IDP’s said it made no sense that terrorists who killed their loved ones are being pampered.
He said, “I am a farmer and I have been living in this camp for seven years. The government resettled us to our homes at a point but the insurgents kept attacking, killing and kidnapping us. They destroyed our houses and burned down our food bans.
“As I speak, unless a miracle happens, I may not be able to go to the farm again because the place is still not safe. And the government is saying it wants to reintegrate these ‘devils’ into our villages? No way! We cannot accept them in our society.
Mustapha Musa, a 53-year-old indigene of Kukawa town in Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State told the Punch, “I have been surviving on government handouts for the past five years as I cannot afford to take care of myself anymore. I lost over N5m in my business because of the atrocities of Boko Haram. How then do you expect me to readily accept people who destroyed my business?”
He added, “I don’t agree with the idea. Boko Haram members, whether repentant or not, don’t deserve mercy.
“He who kills by the sword must die by the sword, so Boko Haram members who confess to killing people should be made to face the law.”
“How does the government want a woman whose husband was killed by Boko Haram to feel when she sees a so-called repentant Boko Haram? How would a woman whose child or children were killed by the terrorists feel?”