The Nigerian Army implored Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists to seek forgiveness and reconciliation in order to restore peace in the country.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 7 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig.-Gen. A.A. Eyitayo, made this appeal at a feast organised for journalists by the army on Sunday in Maiduguri.
Eyitayo, who is also the Commander Sector 1, Operation Hadin Kai, stated that the recent military onslaught against the insurgents dealt decisive blow on the terrorists leaving their remnants in disarray.
He explained that the military was not happy over the bloodshed.
He urged terrorists to repent from their ways and assured them (insurgents) the opportunity to enjoy rehabilitation and acquire skills to enable them to live a useful life in society.
“Some of them (insurgents) are listening to the media so it is good for us to appeal to them through the media to shun violence, turn up to seek forgiveness and reconciliation,” Eyitayo said.
According to him, the feast with journalists was to show appreciation of the media reportage of military operations in the state.
“For the past three months since I assumed duty in Maiduguri in this capacity, there has never been any bad report.
“This is to appreciate the media for positive reportage,” he said.