The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has reacted to the plea by the Nigerian Army for members of Boko Haram and Islamic State in West African Province to drop their arms.
Naija News had earlier reported that the army called on the terrorists to put down their weapons and embrace peace.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdulwahad Eyitayo, made this call at a party organised for journalists by the Army in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Sunday.
He noted that the military is not pleased with the killings in the country, calling the terrorists to take advantage of the amnesty and repent without further delay.
Eyitayo said, “We are not here for bloodletting, no one is happy that people are dying. Some of them (the insurgents) listen to the media, so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to avoid violence, come forward to ask for forgiveness and reconciliation.”
The IPOB leader in his reaction lamented that the terrorists would be rehabilitated, recruited into the army and posted to the South.
Kanu tweeted, “Nigerian Army BEGS Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists for reconciliation.
“And after reconciliation, they will be rehabilitated, recruited into the Army & sent to the South to ‘shoot to kill’. Now you see why I keep calling it a TERRORIST army.”
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode had earlier reacted to the development, expressing shock at the army’s decision to demand reconciliation with members of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
“Nigerian Army BEGS Boko Haram, ISWAP terrorists for reconciliation.
“Since when has the Nigerian Army resorted to begging murderers, killers and terrorists? How have the mighty fallen!” he tweeted.
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