The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has alleged that politicians in government are the ones undermining the fight against terror in Nigeria.
Addressing reporters in Abuja, National Coordinator of the rights group, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to “immediately activate mechanisms to unravel the role of fifth columnists who are undermining the goals, objectives and gains of the current war on terror being undertaken by gallant operatives of the Nigerian Military.”
From what we have been able to get, the government also has to give an answer to the question of who were the people behind the kidnap of the Chibok girls and the Dapchi girls? We should unravel these things. We have some of the best-trained intelligence officers. Are they saying they don’t have the capacity to tell us the people behind this?
“They cannot just tell us Shekau is behind it. Shekau is one person. Who are the people behind the recruitment of the fighters? Who are those behind the funding? Who are those behind the logistics? The other time they said they have killed a commander who supplys fuel to them. Who gives the money to the commander? Something is certainly not right. The political will is not there to end this war. There must be a political will and it must happen before these bad boys infiltrate Abuja,”
“There is no provision in the law books in Nigeria for releasing a criminal. In fact they are worse than criminals. Terrorists are worse than criminals. If a terrorist repents, yes it is good. The pastor or imam can preach to you to repent, but that is not our problem in the society. Our problem is justice. You don’t set killers free under any circumstances. They must go through the due process of the law. If they are thrown into jail and the president decides to exercise his prerogative of mercy or whatever, he can do that. He has to respect the constitution.
“One thing bad about the war on terror is to release people who have blood on their hands. You are making the fight difficult for the army. You don’t release Boko Haram terrorists and leave the victims on one side. The victims are still there and they have not been rehabilitated. Who needs rehabilitation? Where is the money generated as victims of Boko Haram relief fund? A huge amount of money was realized. Where is the money?
The other time, they said they released money to set up camps, a Secretary to the Federation was accused of perpetuating financial misappropriation. He said he used a lot of money, close to a billion naira to cut grass. The case has been killed. We have to be serious. There has to be accountability.
“They should stop releasing Boko Haram. They should face the full weight of the law. You are releasing someone who has killed soldiers and the widows of these soldiers are there and you are releasing the killers of their husbands. Why are we so insensitive and irresponsible?
“To stop Boko Haram and restore peace totally in Borno State and Nigeria, we call for citizens’ support for the war on terror. We also call for a stop to the releases of the so-called repentant Boko Haram terrorists,” he said.