The Nigerian Army has persuaded remnants of the Boko Haram insurgents to surrender, turn up to seek forgiveness, reconciliation, and embrace peace.
It explained that persuading the terrorist became imperative since some of them (insurgents) listen to the media and that shunning violence would enable them to live a useful life in society.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo made the appeal at a feast organized for newsmen by the army in Maiduguri, on Sunday
Eyitayo, who is also the Commander Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, hinted that the recent military onslaught against the insurgents dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists leaving their remnants in disarray.
He noted that nobody including the military was happy over the bloodshed, hence, the need for the remnants of the insurgents to leverage on the amnesty and repent their nefarious ways.
This, he said, would avail them (insurgents) the opportunity to enjoy rehabilitation and acquire skills to enable them to live a useful life in society.
The GOC lauded the contributions of the media in the counter-insurgency campaign and urged it to enlighten the insurgents to see the light and repent from their wasteful ventures.
Eyitayo said: “We are not here for bloodletting, nobody is happy that people are dying. “Some of them (insurgents) are listening to the media so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to shun violence, turn up to seek forgiveness and reconciliation.”
According to him, the feast with journalists was to show appreciation of the media reportage of military operations in the state.
“For the past three months since I assumed duty in Maiduguri in this capacity, there has never been any bad report. “This is to appreciate the media for positive reportage,” he said.
In his remark, Mohammed Ibrahim, Secretary, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Borno State Council, commended the GOC for carrying the media along and assured him of more support and cooperation.
Mohammed also lauded the military and other security agencies involved in the fight against insurgency for their sacrifices and urged them not to relent, adding that the people of the northeast region were solidly behind them.