The General Officer Commanding, 7 Division, Major General Abdulmalik Biu, says an ex-Boko Haram fighter, who has surrendered his arms, stands a chance of becoming President of Nigeria.
Biu stated this while calling on Boko Haram fighters to surrender their arms.
During an interview with journalists in Maiduguri on Sunday, the Major General urged the militants to have a rethink and be patriotic Nigerians by laying down their arms.
He said,“Boko Haram should lay down their arms unconditionally and be accepted in their community; opportunities are out there for them. They can be rehabilitated. An ex-Boko Haram member who has laid down his arms and turns away from negativity stands to become the President of this country and take up any position in this country.
“Why is he wasting his time when he cannot even deliver? But we have appealed to them including their collaborator to see reason to drop their arms as quickly as possible so that we can once again re-occupy our position in Nigeria and Borno State.”
Biu said there was a time for everything even as he noted that the people of Borno State were yearning for peace at the time for such is now.
The general added, “The best for them is to lay down their arms as this is the only way we can move forward. As professional soldier, we will continue to do our best by projecting our efforts. We will not be distracted by the activities of some of our detractors, by the activities of some of the collaborators.
“Nigeria deserves peace, the North-East deserves peace, the people of Borno deserve peace because it is only when there is peace that there will be development and it is time now and that is why I said there is time for everything. If we were in difficult times for eight years, it is now time for peace.”