'It's unacceptable' -- Ndume faults FG's amnesty for ex-Boko Haram fighters / Ndume

The Senator representing Borno South, Ali Ndume, has criticised the Federal Government's decision to rehabilitate and reintegrate former Boko Haram fighters into the society.

About 600 erstwhile fighters of the deadly group completed the De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme in July.

The development was part of the military's Operation Safe Corridor launched in 2016 towards reintegrating ex-Boko Haram fighters who give up arms.

But Ndume, while speaking on a BBC Hausa service programme, questioned the rationality behind such intiative.

According to him, the federal government should halt the continued rehabilitation of the ex-Boko Haram fighters, noting that they would never repent.

He said: “This government’s programme is unacceptable to our people. The right thing is to stop it, forthwith.

“Not that they even apologised to you, they apologised to the government with the thinking that government has failed and that is why they are being pampered.

“They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent.

“The government should know what to do about them. But not re-introducing someone to you, who has killed your parent, or your relations.

“If there is sincerity of purpose in this, those in the IDP camps should be trained in various trades and vocation so that they could start life again.”