A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Babajide Obanikoro, has called for a death sentence for sponsors of terrorism when they are indicted.
Obanikoro made this call in a statement released on Saturday to mark Nigeria’s 61st independence anniversary
The lawmaker said, “Those sponsoring killings of Nigerians do not deserve to be called citizens of the nation.
“How can any right-thinking human being be comfortable with shedding of the blood of his/her people.
“Such people do not deserve jail term when convicted but a more painful death.”
He called on Nigerians to work with the government in fighting against security challenges across the country, adding that it is threatening that no one knows who is the next victim
“It breaks my heart to watch clips trending online of slain innocent Nigerians.
“For how long are we going to continue to allow these to thrive on a spurious argument of trying to blame the government.
“No right-thinking government will sponsor terrorism. The sponsors are the ones poisoning the people’s mindset for their gains.
“The terrorists are not faceless. They are among us. There must be people who will know them in their various communities. It is our sacred duty to inform on suspicious people and movement around us to the nearest security agency so that such crimes are nipped in the bud.”
Obanikoro commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his independence day broadcast to the nation on Friday, charged the Buhari Government to name all sponsors of terrorism in Nigeria and prosecute them.
“Many Nigerians have lost loved ones to these heartless insurgents. In whatever guise, there is no justification for taking a life and destroying the property of any Nigerian.
“Those agitating for secession too should also know that killing those you claim to want to give a better life through secession is murder and cannot be forgiven.”