According to the Nigerian army, it is not pampering recently surrendered terrorists.
‘Operation Hadin Kai’ commander, Christopher Musa, issued a statement explaining that allowing repentant terrorists to surrender to troops without being shot would be in line with international law and best practices.
It is a humane thing to provide food, shelter, medical care, and other amenities for repentant terrorists to ensure that they can go through the proper procedure. He also stated that they are sorting them out, and will be treating those who did not participate in attacks separately from those who did.
According to him;
“I don’t know if people misunderstood humane treatment as being pampering, because if he is sick, we are supposed to treat him; if he is hungry we are supposed to give him food; we are supposed to provide him shelter just like any other person and that is exactly what we are doing. “So, there is no aspect of pampering. We are just keeping them as humans to ensure that they are fit enough to go through proper procedure and they will definitely go through this procedure. “Again, let me assure the public that there is no aspect of pampering. We are sorting them out so that those that didn’t play any part will be handled separately, while those ones that took part actively — the combatants — will be treated separately. “We want to reassure the citizenry that we are on top of the game. We assure them that we will continue to do our best to ensure that peace returns to the north-east, which is our mandate.”
Musa also gave advice to parents;
“I am sure that even they too want their children to have a conducive atmosphere, where they will grow and where there will be development, because staying in the bush and killing people will not provide that. “They should not allow anybody to deceive them into taking arms against the nation. They will never win and they can never win. “It is important for them to understand that anybody who disarms will be treated fairly according to international laws.”