Unic Press UK: Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, says alarming banditry and killing in the north-west region of Nigeria cannot be tackled in the absence of uniform security strategy among the states in the region.
“As a result, every state is fighting in it own way. If we cannot come together for the federal government to provide us with soldiers and police to enter the bush and kill all the bandits, it will be difficult to succeed in the fight against banditry. There is no synergy among the governors in the northwest on how to end the banditry. But Kaduna is collaborating with Niger State on modalities to end the killings by the gunmen. State like Zamfara adopted a policy of dialogue with the gunmen, giving them amnesty, which I don’t believe in. With this, we have differences on how to tackle the situation. We sat together with the governors in Katsina but we disagreed on how to tackle the criminality. Some believed on dialogue while others didn’t, ” said Rufai during an interview Monday with the BBC Hausa service.