- Senator Shehu Sani has condemned the practice of giving material gifts to repentant bandits
- Some state governors have adopted the practice in a desperate bid to put an end to the rising attacks by the bandits
- Sani condemned the practice, seeing it as one that encourages other youths to join banditry
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Former Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has condemned some state governments' practice of giving houses, shops and farmlands to repentant bandits.
Amid rising insecurity in the country, some northern governors have reached agreements with bandits to repent and drop their weapons in exchange for material gifts.
Senator Sani, a former senator in the eighth National Assembly has condemned the practice, seeing it as one that encourages other youths to join banditry, especially those who are only paid stipends under the federal government's social scheme.
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"When you give 50k to Youths for NPower and you give Houses, Shops and Farmlands to Bandits for repentance, the former will join the latter," the former lawmaker tweeted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported Senator Sani gave recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari on how the ethnoreligious crisis in parts of the north can be resolved.
The former senator on Monday, August 31, stated that the herdsmen-farmers violence conflict could be resolved by the recommendations he provided.
The ex-lawmaker who is also a political and human rights activist advised the president to seek the help of some northern elder statesmen as mediators in resolving crises in the region.
In other news, as residents continue to protest in the northern part of the country against banditry and insecurity, a prominent monarch in the region, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on President Buhari to listen to advice.
The respected monarch who is also the president-general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam said the president should listen even if the advice is coming from perceived enemies.
He disclosed this in a statement signed by the JNI secretary-general, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
The sultan, who claimed that Northerners have the right to protest insecurity, told the government to stop condemnations and instead take decisive action.
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