B/Haram: Cleric backs whis­tle blow­ing on sui­cide at­tacks

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The North­ern In­ter-Faith and Re­li­gious Or­gan­i­sa­tion for peace has can­vassed for the adop­tion of a whis­tle-blow­ing pol­icy to ex­ter­mi­nate the Boko Haram ter­ror­ist.

Bishop Ed­ward Chanamiý­made made the call yes­ter­day in Abuja, while ad­dress­ing a press brief­ing on whis­tle-blow­ing on sui­cide bombers and forty days prayer for the cap­ture of Abubakar Shekau.

Ac­cord­ing to him, “We have ob­served with con­cern the re­cent string of events in which the Boko Haram ter­ror­ists that were tak­ing flight upon their re­sound­ing de­feat in Camp Zero of Sam­bisa for­est are at­tempt­ing to re-con­sti­tute them­selves into threats to the rest of us.

ý”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 of help­ing to make their own com­mu­ni­ties se­cured and safer.

“Our ap­peal 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 whistle­blower pro­tec­tion programme. This would not only in­stil con­fi­dence in vol­un­teer­ing in­for­ma­tion but will en­cour­age those that are in doubt to step for­ward,” he said.

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