On the 6th of February, Nigeria’s Chief of
Defense, Air Marshal Alex Badeh announced the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding, MoU with the Chadians. The details of the MoU have since not
been made public.
While appreciating the essentiality of interstate cooperation in
the war against terror, Nigerians need to know the modalities of such
cooperation especially where terse relationships and past deadly failures and
sabotage leading to the death of thousands of Nigerians and its neighbors
We hereby call on the Nigerian government to immediately make a
full disclosure of the details of the cooperation between Nigeria and Chad in
the war against terror, including terms of compensation available to the
We have thus far gathered that over 5000 Boko Haram terrorists
have ‘surrendered’ and otherwise been captured by Chad. These members who
include Nigerian citizens are being held or perhaps released in Chad.
We will like to know the terms of surrender agreed upon in the
MoU. We will like to know how terrorists who have been engaged against the
Nigerian state are being dealt with by Chad and the terms of their being
surrendered to Nigeria for proper trial and sentencing for their crimes on
Nigerian soil. Are they being arrested or deactivated?
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We must be informed of the terms of Chad’s handover of Nigerian
captured territory to Nigeria at the end of the war.
Importantly, the public demands to know the exact terms of
compensation of the Chadian government and government officials for this job.
During the press release announcing the MoU, Channels TV
correspondent asked Nigeria’s defense chief what reaction Nigeria took against
Chad for pulling out its troops from the Multinational joint task force, MNJTF
which led to the massacre of over 2500 innocent Nigerians in Baga. The defense
chief sidestepped this question. We demand to know what reaction Nigeria took
against Chad for this act in violation of the 2014 Paris treaty that led to the
death of thousands of defenseless Nigerians and destruction and looting of
property worth billions.
We demand information on the 2014 ceasefire against Boko Haram
by Nigeria & Chad. We will like to know if money was involved; how much it
was and who it was paid to. Is this ceasefire still on and part of this
pre-election war to facilitate recovery of territory?
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We will like to know if some main Boko Haram sects have been
again paid by these two nations’ leaders to call off/suspend their war; and if
so, we will like to know if such members are being allowed impunity or if they
are forced to surrender for trial for their crimes against the people of
Nigeria and neighbors.
Some reports in the news claim Boko Haram members are returning
to Chad and Niger republic, stating that “their contract is over. “ We request
information from the Nigerian government on these worrying reports.
We recognize that as many as 40,000 insurgent fighters have been
engaged in the war against Nigeria by the Abubakar Shekau-led Boko Haram as
well as other groups involved in the ‘Boko Haram’ pogrom against Nigeria’s
north; groups like the Khalid al-Barnawi led Harakatu, the Jamaa’atu
Ahlis-Sunnah of Bukar Al-Barnawi and the Abu Usamah’s Ansaru and the like. While
as we demand government reveals in detail, some of these groups may have signed
a ceasefire with the Jonathan government; others have clearly not and continue
to fight and these terrorist fighters number several thousands. In recognition
of the fact it is impossible and not expected that Nigeria and counterparts
seriously intend on killing all these thousands of soldiers, and no amnesty or
other surrender program has been advertised; we demand to know what the real
modalities of the war against Boko Haram are?
We have read and heard disturbing reports of Boko Haram flyers
being distributed in the north by the military, promoting tolerance for Boko
Haram. We hope this is not true. We are worried that these killers are being
encouraged to return to communities. We pray the federal government allay our
fears and explain in full the comprehensive actual plan and 6-week election war
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