A bill sponsored by Mr. Ibrahim Gaidam, a Senator from Yobe, representing Yobe East, seeking to establish an agency for the rehabilitation of Boko Haram suspects has passed first reading on the floor of the senate.
The bill titled “National Agency for the Education, Rehabilitation, De-radicalisation, and Integration of repentant insurgents in Nigeria” is currently receiving attention from the federal lawmakers.
The bill was introduced on the floor on Thursday.
Although some senators rejected the bill, causing rowdiness on the floor, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege, the deputy senate president, approved the bill for first reading.
This is even as the government has been criticized for releasing over 1, 400 Boko Haram members, while the military officers fighting the insurgency and Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) say the idea of rehabilitating repent insurgents troubles the mind and unacceptable.