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CAN Rejects Plans by FG to Conscript ex-Boko Haram Members into Army, Police

Valentine Chinyem

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has raised an alarm over reports that the Federal Government is trying to conscript former members of the terrorist sect, Boko Haram who recently completed deradicalisation programme into the Nigerian Army and Police force.

This was revealed in a statement signed by the Christian body’s spokesman, Pastor Adebayo Oladeji; the President of CAN, Dr Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, said if it the reports are indeed true, the body opposes it in all its entirety, while citing that such move is capable of undermining the nation’s security.

“CAN is visibly disturbed at reports that the Federal Government has allegedly directed the Nigerian Army and Police to recruit some former members of Boko Haram terrorists who recently underwent deradicalisation programme. If it is true, CAN condemns such a policy in strong terms and ask the Federal Government, especially security agencies, to withdraw that directive which is capable of compromising the nation’s security system,” the statement read.

More so, the group urged the Federal Government to caution the Adamawa State Government, to halt the implementation of the death sentence passed on five Christian youths who allegedly killed a Fulani herdsman. They were said to have allegedly retaliated after their village was attacked by herdsmen at Kadamun village in Demsa Local Government Area ‘willfully and intentionally conspired and attacked three herdsmen rearing cattle, killing one of them, Adamu Buba, whose body they threw into a river and also maimed several cows.’

He gave the youths name who were sentenced by Justice Abdul-Azeez Waziri of a High Court in Adamawa State, as Alex Amos, Alheri Phanuel, Holy Boniface, Jerry Gideon and Jari Sabagi.

“While CAN is not supporting jungle justice or any criminality, we note with regret how hundreds of our members in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Taraba, Plateau states in the North-central, and a state like Enugu in the South, have been killed and are still being killed daily by some criminals parading themselves as Fulani herdsmen, but are yet to be apprehended.

“While citizens stood helpless at the massacre of their peaceful fellow Nigerians, the international community watched in anguish how government security agencies could not bring perpetrators of these heinous killings to book,” he said.