Nigerians have taken to social media to express their displeasures at Nigerian Army’s warm gesture to Boko Haram members, their families, and followers who recently surrendered in the Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.
In a statement by the Nigerian Army, the bomb expert of the terror group, Musa Adamu, a.k.a Mala Musa Abuja, and assistant, Usman Adamu, a.k.a Abu Darda, some of their family members as well as their followers surrendered to the troops of Operation Hadarin Kai.
Pictures on social media saw the terrorists display cardboards with different inscriptions such as Nigerians, please forgive us”, “surrender and live”, “surrender and be free”
This recent development has generated reactions from Nigerians on the microblogging app, Twitter. See reactions:
U banned Twitter for Nigerians. Killed businesses. Yet, when I tweet about your relentless evil, you attack me. What did you expect? What should I promote? Twitter ban? Crypto ban? RUGA? Border Closure? Massive looting? or the army clothing, feeding & celebrating the Boko Haram??
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) August 10, 2021
These are “repentant” Boko Haram members paraded by the Nigerian Army. They’re supposedly seeking forgiveness by carrying placards written by someone in a language they don’t understand, nor most of their victims. Is this how to atone for terror? Does anyone think this will work? pic.twitter.com/Dt5WGbOYp2Advertisement
— Bulama Bukarti (@bulamabukarti) August 10, 2021
They ask us to forgive Boko Haram terrorists, so we want to forgive IPOB members in deadly detention. We want to forgive Nnamdi Kanu & Sunday Igboho. We want to forgive all criminals in jail. We want to forgive everybody, everything, everything!! God! I'm gutted! I hate it here!
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) August 10, 2021
Is there something the Army know that we don’t know? Boko Haram and Bandits. “We will not grant amnesty to Bandits even if they surrendered, they must bear the consequences of their actions." -General Farouq M. Yahaya, COAS pic.twitter.com/jnNY2aaTllAdvertisement
— Simon Ekpa (@simon_ekpa) August 11, 2021
I hate nonsenses why should people allowed Fulani,d north to go Scott free in every thing.But order tribe d north will arrest them, why.d north did not want FBI to arrest Abba, d north released boko Haram.but hold our leader Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday igboho.why. this is not one Nig.
— Prophet Divine (@ProphetfrankC) August 10, 2021
Repentant Boko Haram members? Really? Does the government has any idea many innocent lives those monsters have taken? And now they'll be rehabilitated and released back to our societies? Arewa deserves justice, they killed our families and friends, and now they wanna be forgiven. pic.twitter.com/xOAgj5fUpR
— F A A R E E S 💫 🇵🇸 (@MFaarees_) August 11, 2021
Talking about rehabilitating Boko Haram terrorists and justifying it by saying “this is war, it’s the best way to get people to surrender”Advertisement
There is no where in the world where prisoners of war are released before the war is over. Are you people intentionally obtuse?
— d/dx(dy/dx) = d²y/dx² (@mmuyiiwaa) August 11, 2021
— 9jatunz (@9jatunz) August 11, 2021Advertisement
Boko Haram, based on their nefarious activities are responsible for the death of about 350,000 people in the Northeast according to a report by the United Nations Development Programme(UNDP)
In 2014, the group kidnapped 270 schoolgirls from Chibok community in Borno State. The kidnap of the schoolgirls attracted global condemnation.
Also, in 2018 Boko Haram also kidnapped over 100 schoolgirls in Dapchi community, Yobe State. All but one of the girls, Leah Sharibu were released.