Following the recent video purportedly released by Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, the nation was yesterday warned that it will not get peace if it allow the insurgents leader and its gang to regroup.
This warning was handed down by women group, under the aegis of Coalition for Women Advancement in Africa (COWAA).
The group pointed out that Shekau capitulation’s video calls for action and not for the military to say it should be disregarded.
Adressing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, the Executive Vice President of COWAA, Jummai Samuel Pukat said amnesty should be handed over to all those who were forcefully indoctrinated into the terror group.
She said what they saw in the video was a Shekau, whose time is up and who has lost his steam ostensibly because the army has successfully disrupted the supply routes for terror group’s vital supplies.
Pukat added that they saw a Shekau, who has been abandoned and facing internal rebellion within his group.
She said: “We cannot get lasting peace by allowing Shekau and his remaining Amirs the luxury of being able to re-group and restore their ability to take on the Nigerian Army. The decision makers in the Army should let the federal government know what is needed to help these abominations called terrorists keep their appointments with their makers.
“It is within international conventions for an enemy who lays down his life to get considerations under such provisions but until that time, what Nigerians want to see is the Army getting more ammunitions and artillery to further decimate the ranks of terrorists.
“Experiences of other nations that are battling terrorism are noteworthy as they show that the Shekau capitulation video calls for action and not for the DHQ to be telling us to disregard it.”
She further said that while Shekau as the head of Boko Haram deserves whatever he gets, “we want to note that amnesty should be handed over to all those who were forcefully indoctrinated into the terror group’s criminality as a way of further decimating whatever structure the criminal thought would survive him.”
The group, however called for stern punishment for extreme groups in the country working in tandem with political actors in and outside Nigeria to sabotage the peace of the people.
Source : Gist Arena