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A close aide to Senator Ibrahim Gaidam, who initiated the bill to grant amnesty to terrorists Boko Haram has said the senator may announce the withdrawal of the bill during plenary on Tuesday.

The source, refusing to be quoted said the Senator has become very uncomfortable following public outcry against the bill as he also said he fears for his life.
Gaidam is a former Governor of Yobe State and a senator on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Yobe East, the ruling party in the country.
The source said the ruling party has refused to support the bill following attacks on the party which has been mocked and called different bad names.
The Bill  was titled, ” National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De- radicalization and Integration of repentant Insurgents in Nigeria (Est, etc) Bill, 2020 (SB.340) was read for the first time lasted Thursday when the Deputy Senate President, Oview-Omo Agege presided over plenary.
The source said the senator would make the withdrawal public so as to appease the public.
Since the bill was introduced, Gaidam has come under attacks as not a few people say people that have killed tens of thousands and displaced over recompile Nigerians as well as abducting thousands deserve any amnesty.
The federal government has also freed over 1,400 captured terrorists saying they were “repentant” boko haram members drawing public ire and scrutiny.
 Lending his voice to the condemnation, Borno State lawmaker, Senator Ali Ndume, APC), said he was completely against the bill.

“I personally disagree with that. The war is not over and some criminals that have been killing people you say that you are doing Operation Safe Corridor for them,” Ndume had told ChannelsTV.

“I am completely against that idea. They know my position on that, you can’t do that.

“It is when you win the war and some people surrender that you think about something like that.

“You are just telling people to go and join Boko Haram and then repent and become something (sic) that’s a totally unacceptable idea and a way of solving the problem,” he declared.

Even Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) kicked against the bill saying Gaidam must thoroughly be investigated.

President of AYCF, Yerima Shettima, “The proposal is stupid and the sponsor of such a bill needs to be thoroughly investigated,” Shettima said.

“If government cannot cater for the direct victims of the Boko Haram suspects or address a situation where the soldiers that are risking their lives to contain the insurgents are crying over poor welfare package and the Senate is debating how to grant amnesty to the suspects, it speaks a lot about the characters ruling us.”

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, declared the bill satanic.

According to the aide, “He would withdraw the bill publicly for every one to see that he meant no personal interest.

“He feels people misunderstood him. All he wanted was for peace in the North East and every part of Nigeria.”

Asked if it was because the bill won’t scale through, he said, “No. Already it scaled through first reading.”

One comment

  • Abba jato mala sandabe

    February 24, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    Sir, there is no room for someone who commits a crime against humanity. They must be punished.


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