- Ex-Kaduna lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani said fighting banditry and terrorism are of higher priority than going after Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho
- Sani said the northeast would have been safe by now if the FG expended on the region a fraction of the energy spent on pursuing secession agitators
- The former federal lawmaker also said the Nigerian constitution does not prohibit secession agitations
The former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th National Assembly said this in an interview published by Daily Sun on Tuesday, August 3.
Asked why the federal government is focused on the trial of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and the planned extradition of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Igboho amid the rising threats posed by armed herdsmen, Sani said:
"The herdsmen and bandits are carrying arms, unleashing terror on innocent citizens, but the agitations of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho are working towards breaking Nigeria.
"It is a reality that the government has laid more emphasis on going after separatists than going after terrorists.
"If the government invested a fraction of the energy it spent going after self-determination separatists to fight terrorists, those of us in Northeast Nigeria would have been saved.
"Fighting banditry and terrorism are of higher priority to us than going after Nnamdi Kanu or Sunday Igboho."
Secession agitation not unconstitutional
Speaking further on secession agitations, Senator Sani said the Nigerian constitution does not prohibit demands for separation.
The former lawmaker said what the law forbids is inciting violence or aiding violence and bloodshed.
He advised the Nigerian government to address the issues raised by the agitators in order to stop the further spread of separatist agitations.
Schoolchildren kidnap: Shehu Sani suggests practical solution
With the rise of students' abductions in the northern part of Nigeria, Senator Sani believes something practical must be done immediately.
The lawmaker said he is especially worried over the fact that a lot of students and pupils are still in captivity while more are being kidnapped.
The human rights activist, therefore, suggested that self-defence must be taught across the country.