Don’t blow your whistle only to nab the corrupt individuals in the country also blows it to alert Nigerian military on Boko Haram suicide bombers targeting churches and mosques. These were the words from the the Northern Inter-Faith and Religious Organisations, who called on Christians and Muslims in the country to key into the whistle-blowing policy so as to end the menace of terrorism in the nation.
The group urged them to provide every necessary detail that could lead to the arrest of the insurgents.
Addressing newsmen on Wednesday, General Superintendent/ Founder NIFROP, Bishop Edward Chanmi said with collective efforts, the reign of insurgency would come to an end.
According to the clergyman, it is logical to assume that greater success would be recorded when citizens volunteer information about Boko Haram terrorists as their own contributions towards making the country safe for all peace-loving citizens.
He said, “It is for this reason that we are revisiting the Whistleblowers Policy of the Military in the counter-terrorism war. We recall that the Nigerian Army, not long ago offered N500,000 to some whistleblowers as reward for providing information about suicide bombers.
“This practice has been in place for some time but it appears Nigerians are not tapping into it as a way helping to make their own communities secured and safer. We must re-commit ourselves to the services of humanity by stopping and encouraging actions that will prevent any form of bloodshed as God Almighty hates the spilling of blood.
“The introduction of whistleblowing in the counter insurgency operations in the north east is no doubt a follow up to the order by the Acting President redeploying the entire military architecture of the country to the north east to confront the new wave of terrorism. We count it as a plus that whistleblowing would be the equivalent of the improved welfare implemented by the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai for troops fighting the terrorists.
“Our appeal however is that the military should consider varying the rewards for whistle-blowing. Fear of retribution from the terrorists could be holding back some citizens that have vital information. To this end, we suggest that the reward for certain level of whistle-blowing should include offer of relocation and provision of new identities under a whistle-blower protection programme. This would not only instill confidence in volunteering information but will encourage those that are in doubt to step forward.”
He also expressed hope that the wanted Boko Haram kingpin, Abubakar Shekau will be captured before the end of its 40 days of fasting and prayer.
DAILY POST reports that some Nigerian clerics, numbering over 500 stormed the city of Abuja few days back to pray for the capture of the kingpin of the Boko Haram insurgents, Shekau.
He added that the days of self-acclaimed Boko Haram were numbered.
He said they are, “optimistic that before the end of the 40 days prayer, the Boko Haram leader would have been captured.”