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The Senator representing Borno South at the National Assembly, Ali Ndume has kicked against amnesty offered repentant Boko Haram insurgents.

Ndume was reacting to a report that a repentant Boko Haram member killed his father, stole his wealth and disappeared after reintegration.

According to the Senator, who spoke on the BBC Hausa Service on Wednesday, most of the insurgents recently integrated into the community had gone back to their old ways, calling on the Federal Government to stop the programme which he described as unacceptable.

He also queried the rationale behind government investing hugely on repentant insurgents, adding that rather than training Boko Haram that won’t appreciate it, those in the IDP camps should be trained in various trades and vocations.

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He said: “They are like Kharajites. Many among those released have since run away. They will never repent. The government should know what to do about them, but not reintroducing someone to you, who has killed your parents or your relations.

“Not that he even apologised to you; he apologised to the government. His thinking was that government has failed and that is why they are being pampered. This government’s programme is unacceptable to our people. The right thing is to stop it forthwith.

“If there is sincerity of purpose, those in the Internally Displaced Persons’ camps should be trained in various trades and vocations, so that they can start life again.”

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