The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has urged the Federal Government to work with concerned state governments in exploiting the recent surrendering of Boko Harman fighters in the north-east region towards ending insecurity challenges bedeviling the country.
He added that in winning the war against the terrorist which started over a decade ago, the stakeholders must rise to the occasion and work in unison to curb insecurity and achieve lasting peace through embracing the surrendering process by the repentant fighters.
The lawmaker who described the move as a ‘welcome development’ argued that elements of Boko Haram insurgents who are surrendering to the Nigerian troops should be encouraged and well managed by the authorities since such was expected in war where losing party gives up arms and seek truce.
Speaking when he visited the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Garbai, to condole him over his elder brother’s death in Maiduguri, Lawan assured Nigerians that the the National Assembly under his leadership would work closely with the state governments achieving the desired result.
Lawan reassured the people that the apex government would continue to work with the state government to ensure restoration of peace and stability in the area.
“We have come to condole you over the death of your elder brother that occurred recently. May his soul rest in Ajanaah Firdausi. This is a loss not only to you, but to all of us. That is why we have deemed it fit and necessary to come and condole with you, the family, and the good people of the state.
“I want to take this opportunity to mention that the federal government will continue to work with the state government to ensure that there is restoration of peace and stability in this state and in this part of the country.
“The recent surrender by Boko Haram elements is a good development for the security of this country. Personally I believe that the federal government must work with the state government and other states in this part of the country to ensure that those that have been received are appropriately processed.
“Those that have no issues to answer are sanitised and taking back to their communities. Those that may have issues to answer should be taken through the legal process but we must ensure that we encourage Boko Haram elements and those they have taken by force to come out to surrender so that this unnecessary insurgency placed on us comes to an end.
“I believe there is no need for any controversy over what we need to do with people who surrendered. In any war, in every war, surrender is the ultimate and if we can achieve it, we should do everything and anything possible to encourage more and more to come out so that we are able to come to the end of this unnecessary insurgency that has taken our States back for so many years in term of development,” Lawan’s spokesperson, Ola Awoniyi, quoted the senate president as saying in a statement on Monday.
Responding, Ibn Garbai said that his people had suffered as a result of Boko Haram crisis. He, however, said that the people were lucky to have the Buhari administration which eventually changed the tide.
The monarch said that all the local government areas which were hitherto under the control of Boko Haram had been taken back and normal business activities had returned.