Embrace Amnesty, Army Preaches Repentance To Boko Haram Insurgents


The Nigerian Army on Sunday called on the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists to surrender and embrace peace.

The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo, made the call at a dinner organised for journalists by the Army on Sunday in Maiduguri.

Eyitayo, who is also the Commander Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, noted that recent military onslaughts against the insurgents have dealt a decisive blow on the terrorists leaving their remnants in disarray.

According to him, 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.

He further called on the insurgents to take the opportunity to enjoy rehabilitation and acquire skills to enable them to live a useful life in society.

Speaking further, 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.

He 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.”

Eyitayo also revealed that 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.

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