Deji Adeyanju, the Nigerian human rights activist, has taken a swipe at the Nigerian government over the constant harassment of peaceful protesters by security operatives.
Adeyanju, who took to his Facebook handle on Wednesday night opined that Nigeria is the only country in the world where terrorists are pardoned while peaceful protesters are shot at and harassed by police officers.
He alleged that not a single member of the notorious terrorist sect, Boko Haram, is currently on trial for the terror unleashed on Nigerians but rather enjoying amnesty.
Adeyanju said the Nigerian government, through its security forces and some hired thugs, attack peaceful protesters and kill some.
He wrote, “Nigeria is the only country in the world where over 40,000 Boko Haram terrorists have been forgiven by the Govt but they pay thugs and police to attack peaceful protesters. Not one Boko Haram is on trial. They killed peaceful protesters at Lekki & continue to deny it till date.”
Terrorism has taken root in Nigeria, leading to the death of tens of thousands of people. It has also rendered millions of Nigerians homeless as there are numerous persons in the Internally Displaced Persons' camps all over the country.
Despite the atrocities, many of the terrorists are reported to have surrendered in recent times due and thereafter tagged, ‘repentant terrorists’.
As of November 2021, it was learnt that at least 15,000 terrorists, who surrendered to government forces had begun undergoing de-radicalisation.