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Release of ‘repentant’ B/Haram members: Atiku hails Borno elders

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has commended Borno elders for calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the practice of releasing ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members.

Describing the action of the elders as patriotic and commonsensical, Atiku said he fully aligned with the elders’ position, adding that he made the same call to the president severally in 2018 but that the call was not heeded.

In a statement yesterday by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, the former vice president said the latest call by the Borno elders has vindicated him. He described them as courageous and sagacious.

“It makes no military or practical sense to release hardened terrorists, who have taken the very precious lives of members of the Nigerian Armed Forces, on the flimsy excuse that they have been deradicalised or repentant.

“As Atiku Abubakar said last year, and says again, any right thinking person can see that escalation of the war on Nigeria by Boko Haram/ISWAP, coincides with the introduction of this repugnant policy by the Muhammadu Buhari administration,” the statement added.

Atiku urged Buhari to cast his mind back to the testimony of Abba Umar, a Boko Haram commander, who, after his arrest, boasted that he would return to join the sect in Sambisa if he was ever released.

He advised the president to show single minded resolve and commitment to defeating the common enemies of the nation and to do so without betraying any weakness, as this will only embolden the terrorists.

“Finally, Atiku Abubakar serves notice to Boko Haram/ISWAP that if he is elected president of Nigeria, there will be no release of any captured terrorist. Instead, they must expect the harshest punishment the law allows. Under Atiku Abubakar, criminals will not profit from their criminality,” the statement said.