Boko Haram: Senator Ndume insists on addressing grievances of victims as fighters surrender

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Senator representing Borno South Senatorial district, Ali Mohammed Ndume has cautioned government and military authority on its handling of the ongoing Boko Haram fighters who are surrendering

He said it was a welcome development that insurgents who have been fighting in the last ten years were surrendering, which could put paid to attacks, but noted that grievances of victims of insurgents’ attacks must be addressed to sustain peace in the state.

The lawmaker spoke at a town hall meeting in Maiduguri on Sunday where stakeholders were mobilised, including members of the National Assembly and traditional rulers to offer advice on the way forward with regards to Boko Haram fighters who surrendered to the Nigeria troops in thousands a few weeks ago.

He submitted that there was a need for reconciliation, adding that he was ready to sponsor a bill if there was if it becomes necessary.

Ndume said: “However, this development must be carefully examined. The unfortunate situation that bedevilled us for over 10 years is virtually coming to an end.”

A Borno first-class monarch, Abubakar Ibn Umar Elkanemi called for the handling of the reconciliatory process in accordance with the world standards.

He urged citizens of Borno State to take into consideration genuine reconciliation; allow peace, while he tasked traditional rulers to preach messages of forgiveness so that the state can move forward.

Borno State governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum put the town hall meeting together as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to insurgency attacks in the state.

Nigerians will lose a lot if divided – Senator Ndume



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