Nigerians kick amnesty for ‘repentant’ Boko Haram members

Nigerians have expressed opposition against the proposed bill to create an agency for the rehabilitation of repentant Boko Haram members according to a poll.

PREMIUM TIMES conducted an online poll, the results of the survey revealed the apparent opposition of Nigerians to the bill.

The proposed bill has elicited outcry, as they accused the lawmaker proposing it of supporting insurgents in the country and even sponsoring the attacks.

Many fear that releasing the ‘repentant’ Boko Haram militants into civilian population could be counterproductive as hardened fighters would return to the terror group to commit more atrocities.

PREMIUM TIMES conducted the poll with over 22,148 respondents its website and on its official Twitter and Facebook pages.

The poll lasted for about five days and was conducted in a way that made it impossible for a respondent to vote more than once from the same computer or mobile device.

Participants were asked a single question: “Does Nigeria need an agency to rehabilitate Boko Haram members?” with options of “yes”and “no”.

On the Facebook poll, over 14,076 (92 per cent) respondents voted against the bill while 1,224 participants (18 per cent) supported it.

Similarly, on Twitter, 5,481 participants (91.9 per cent) voted against the idea, while 483 participants (8.1 per cent) supported it.

And on the website, 740 respondents (83.7 per cent) voted “no” and 144 respondents (16.3 per cent) voted “no”.



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