Borno State Governor Babagana Zulum has explained why repentant Boko Haram insurgents won’t be prosecuted while speaking at the presentation of the 2022 budget at the State Assembly.
He said insurgents will not be encouraged to surrender if they will be tried in courtbut said none of the insurgents that surrendered to the military has been reintegrated into the society as de-radicalisation measures do not mean that any insurgent “can kill today, surrender tomorrow and walk go scot free.”
“Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, we need Allah’s guidance and the utmost wisdom to work for an end to the crisis facing our dear state.
“Prosecuting all the criminals (insurgents) would have been most appropriate but if we insist on it, we would discourage others out there that are willing to lay down their arms.
“The terrorists’ ranks could swell and our innocent fellow citizens, particularly those in local government areas, could become more vulnerable to attacks and abductions.”
The Borno state Governor further stated that the mass surrendering of insurgents is a “God-sent” opportunity that can at least reduce the ranks of violent criminals.
“However, we will never forget the feelings of those who have lost loved ones, lost their homes, lost their communities and lost their means of livelihood.
“We must approach our peace-building efforts with extreme caution by working in line with the 16 resolutions reached on August 29, 2021, when we convened a multi-stakeholder security town-hall meeting, which critically reviewed and adopted guidelines for us to approach the surrender of insurgents.”