Niger state governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello, has suggested taking care of bandits as one of key solutions to Nigeria’s security challenges.
Mr. Sani-Bello stated this when he met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday to discuss Wednesday’s mass abduction of students of Government Science College, Kagara, Niger.
Recall that few days ago, some students, school officials and family members were abducted by a group of heavily armed bandits who stormed the boarding school.
The governor, in an effort to resolve the crisis met with Buhari at the State House to provide updates and suggest a way out of the abduction crisis.
The governor said his observations in the past few days indicate that the bandits are willing to turn a new leaf while hoping that the government forgives them of their misdeeds.
“We must have a long-lasting farmers/herdsmen conflict and I also understand some of these bandits are tired, they need to be looked after, they need to be engaged, they need to be trained,” Mr. Bello told the NTA shortly after meeting the president on Thursday night.
“I think from what I’ve seen in the last few days, there’s hope that the government reorganizes and absolve some of these bandits, I think they’re ready to start a better life.” he added.
His comments come after Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara said the bandits are not criminals, adding that they deserve sympathy from Nigerians.