The Civil Society Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism (CATE) has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to sign an executive order allowing police officers to arrest and prosecute sponsors and collaborators of terrorists.
CATE believes this is the final nail in the doomed Boko / ISWAP coffin, especially with the recent impressive troop tours.
As the strategy implemented in the war on corruption, the coalition noted that a quick arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators and those who help these acts could be the watershed.
At a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, Secretary-General Comrade Musa Moses said the order must be firm and clear, stipulating a maximum of 60 days for the trial of suspects without bail.
The group added that sentenced persons should face a theft penalty, the same as others who carry out any campaign that helps to promote the act of terrorism.
The Civil Society Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism, therefore, urged President Buhari to urgently train the Federation's Attorney General (AGF) to take these cases until justice is done.
If this is done, CATE has promised that troops can now focus on the remaining remnants and expel them in a very short time, thus achieving a resounding and lasting success in the war on terrorism.
Read the full statement below:
The war on terrorism in the country has been going on for more than a decade, although with mixed results that recently turned in favor of the country, when the military delivered a decisive blow after a decisive blow to terrorists. What has become clear to everyone as a result of this is the fact that our armed forces have an advantage and have gained better control of the situation with terrorists on the way to oblivion.
When fighting any organism, it is important to target your source of life. It is often the strategy adopted by animals, especially the lion, when hunting their prey. The lion targets the throat of its prey in order to deny them more access to air and then to stop breathing. They don't just start by tearing their prey into pieces, but by first eliminating the prey's ability to breathe.
Similar to the successful strategy adopted by the king of the jungle, it is time for the president to deny terrorists the air they breathe. The air that supports terrorist activities in the country is its sponsor. The sponsors of Boko Haram / ISWAP and other bandits are the equivalent of the air that sustains the breathing of these organizations, cut off the sponsors and watch the terrorist organization collapse just weeks before our large armed forces.
The military has done its part and continues to do even more in the battle against terrorism and other security challenges. In the process, they often even had to pay the final price with the lives of men and women in the armed forces, however, they remain unchanged and have maintained the same.
There is no doubt that the terrorist and other criminals have been severely decimated and now operate on the sidelines, however, it is time for the government to give the military the support it needs to finally end these terrorists once and for all.
It is time for the government to use the same vigor and tact that it uses in the fight against corruption in this fight against terrorism. In the fight against corruption, the government sought out the culprits and tried them quickly, in some notorious cases, even denying the accused bail for several years.
The fight against corruption would never have gained such strength had it not been for the rapid arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators and those who help such acts. It is always important in the fight against addictions that the government sends a clear signal of the consequences of such acts.
There needs to be similar vigor and dedication in the war on terror and other security challenges. The President urgently needs to sign an executive order that allows police officers to pursue the terrorist's sponsors and collaborators.
This order must be firm and clear, allow the executive order to stipulate a maximum period of 60 days for the trial period for anyone involved in acts of terrorism anywhere in the country. These persons or persons must also not be eligible for bail. Acts of terrorism are serious offenses that have killed thousands of Nigerian citizens and even displaced millions of people from their homes.
Upon conviction, laws should prescribe the death penalty for anyone involved in terrorist activities, such as cyberterrorism or who carries out any campaign that helps to promote terrorism. Everyone involved in financially supporting any act of terrorism or banditry must face all the wrath of the law.
It is not enough to take people to the judicial process and then sue them thoroughly, just so that they are beaten with a minimum prison sentence. This only goes further in strengthening the terrorist.
The government must now become cruel to the sponsors and collaborators of these terrorist groups. They are the lifeline of these organizations that must be completely cut off if this war is to be won once and for all.
We, from the Civil Society Coalition Against Terrorism and Extremism, urge President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently train the Federation's Attorney General (AGF) to take these cases until justice is done. It is a matter of national security that must be treated with the utmost dedication.
The President needs to send a clear signal that there will be consequences from now on. Make the message clear that the promoters, sponsors and collaborators of these terrorist organizations will no longer have a place in Nigerian society.
As soon as Mr. President can do the above, we guarantee that in a matter of weeks the terrorist groups will start to fall apart. Those sponsors who have surprisingly infiltrated many institutions are the real lives of these criminals. They are the ones who provide them with food on behalf of humanitarian services, sometimes hidden under the pretext of being non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Sometimes they claim to be media consultants and still provide vital advertising support for criminals. They come in disguise in all shades. It is time to go after them with complete zeal and dedication and bring them to reserve.
If and when this is done, our great men and women in the armed forces will be able to concentrate on the remaining others and expel them in a very short time, thus achieving a resounding and lasting success in the war against terrorism.