Garus Gololo, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, has supported Senator Ali Ndume (Borno South) opposition to the ongoing de-radicalization and rehabilitation of ‘repentant’ members of the Boko Haram insurgents.
Naija News reports on Wednesday, during a budget defence by the Nigerian Army, Ndume, who is the Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, reiterated his stand against empowering those members of the sect who claim to have repented.
Like Ndume, Gololo said at a briefing in Abuja on Friday, there was no way any terrorist, including Boko Haram members, could genuinely repent.
“Boko Haram can never repent. They are members of ISIS, which is terrorising the entire world. They can only repent when bullets hit them,” Gololo said.
The APC chieftain said: “It was only when fire became too much that Boko Haram hibernated and pretended to repent”.
“It was repented Boko Haram members that ambushed Col. Bako in Damboa all because they had already understudied the mode of operations of the Nigerian Army and the usual route they use,” he said.
Gololo, who is well experienced in military tactics and security, also called for greater funding for the Nigerian Army and Police Force, adding “Police should not use sticks and bare hands to fight banditry.”
“I want to call on President Muhammad Buhari to advise whoever that is in charge to rather use this money of deradicalizing Boko Haram members to fund the Army and our security agencies.
“Boko Haram now using AA and Shilka, which has 10 muscles and higher capacities than tank, it is used as anti-aircraft which can magnet helicopters and flights.
“They are well equipped and get their funding from overseas. Nigeria should not waste money on rehabilitating them.
“The Nigerian Army had done it in Liberia, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Darfur, South Sudan, and even in Somalia, where there is Al-Shabaab.
“So, who is Boko Haram, a church rat that the Nigerian Military will be afraid of? Let them work within their ‘IS’ and the sponsors of these monsters who have been operating for 10 years shall be known to them,” he added.
The APC chieftain said the Army can perform under little trainings, stressing “let them be funded and get more equipment and fight these pagans who are bent on wiping out this generation.”