The senator representing Taraba South, Emmanuel Bwacha, on Tuesday said the decision of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to grant amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents would encourage members of the sect to be perpetrating more acts of terrorism.
Recall that Buhari, while receiving the released Dapchi schoolgirls on March 23, had offered unconditional amnesty to repentant Boko Haram terrorists.
Bwacha disclosed this to newsmen at Mararaba while reacting to the decision.
The Senate deputy minority leader noted that it was ridiculous that people who carried arms against the state would be granted amnesty.
Bwacha said, “I have told the President that I am not satisfied with the war against insurgency because the insurgents caught and detained are being released under the guise of amnesty.
“These are the same people that are released into the society and they have continued killing people.
“Nigerian media call them herdsmen, but they are not herdsmen. They are truly insurgents who are either being released from prison back to society or from theatre of war in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states”.
Bwacha also criticized the Federal Government for its plan to reopen some border roads in the states within the theatre of war.
According to him, “I don’t know the conspiracy in place now that borders are being opened deliberately for militia in Libya, Chad and Niger to come into Nigeria and have a field day in killing spree.”
“Government must wake up and reverse this decision and also suspend all ambitions concerning 2019 election because when people are dying in their numbers, who is going to elect you?” he asked.