The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has advised against the Federal Government’s continued romance with so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists.
The Forum through a statement released by its National Chairman, Mr. Audu Ogbe, insisted that it is an insult to those killed by Boko Haram if the Federal Government keeps pardoning them.
They suggested that they must be tried, especially as Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu are also tried for crimes far less than what the Islamic group has been doing for more than a decade now.
It read, “We are currently witnessing large-scale surrender of large numbers of Boko Haram insurgents, among whom are bomb makers, commanders, arsonists, rapists, and child snatchers. Do we have good reason to cheer and hope for an end to this decade-old insanity?”
“Is ‘I am sorry’ enough to bring relief to Nigerians and the thousands of dead and maimed? What of those victims bombed in churches, mosques, schools, and markets? What of all the men and women in uniform murdered by them?”
“Who can count the thousands of widows and orphans they have created?
And what is the difference between them and the Igbohos or ESN of Nigeria? None.”
“So what do we do with them? Should we just embrace them and trust them wholesale? Are their moves informed by altruistic repentance? We seriously doubt. We join the Governor of Borno, the Shehu of Borno, Senator Ndume and millions of Nigerians in pondering over this development and our simple advice is: Bring them to trial, or free all others presently in custody anywhere, while we Nigerians plead guilty of naivety and gullibility in the extreme, punishable by more insurrection and anarchy.”