- Zamfara state government has done what is best for her people in granting amnesty to bandits
- According to Lai Mohammed, each state has a way of dealing with security issues and the FG will always respect it
- Going further, he argued that granting amnesty to a single criminal might solve a lot of problems
Those criticising Governor Bello Matawalle for granting amnesty to bandits are unfair according to Lai Mohammed, minister of information.
He disclosed this when he featured on ‘Kakaaki’, a program by AIT, Mohammed.
He argued that criticising the Zamfara government’s approach would be unfair as each state deals with insecurity differently.
Speaking on state peculiarities in fighting insecurity, he said there are no “one-cap-fits-all solutions” and that the federal government will not dissuade anybody from engaging the bandits.
He said if granting amnesty to one notorious kidnapper is going to give me peace in my state, he said he would take the decision to grant him for the sake of peace.
He urged people to try and understand the high complexity of managing insurgency and banditry and kidnapping.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that in what will bring about different reactions from Nigerians, a criminal has repented of his crime and has vowed not to get involved in banditry again.
The repentant bandit, Auwalun Daudawa also surrendered 20 AK-47 rifles and other weapons to Zamfara state Governor Bello Matawalle.
Going further, he said he wants to enroll in school.
In another development, the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) faulted a prominent Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, over his statement on bandits. He had called on the federal government to deploy budget for security in addressing their demands.
According to the national publicity secretary of the MBF, Dr Isuwa Dogo, it is strange for FG to use tax money on people who have been killing Nigerians.
In another report, Legit.ng had reported that following the reconciliation of the two factions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state, members have shelved their differences and collapsed the ruling party into one structure.
In light of this, Abdulazeez Yari, former Zamfara state governor, has been picked as the party's new state leader, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Mikailu Barau, a chieftain of the party, made the disclosure in an 11-point resolution on Sunday, February 7, at the end of a meeting in Kaduna state.