- Abubakar Bagudu, the governor of Kebbi state has expressed concern over the activities of bandits causing havoc across the country
- Bagudu on Thursday, September 2, asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to declare the bandits as terrorists
- According to the governor, whoever carries arms and terrorises people in an organised manner should be also declared terrorists
Kebbi - The federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari should declare bandits in the country as terrorists.
The Punch reports that Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state made the appeal while responding to a question on if bandits should be declared as terrorists by the Nigerian government.
Bagudu while speaking on Channels Television's Politics Today on Thursday, September 2, also said that anyone holding arms in an organised manner and terrorising people should be declared as a terrorist.
In another report by Channels TV, Bagudu argued that in order to identify the scale of the herder-farmer crisis, grazing routes need to be mapped out.
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He stated this in reaction to the president’s directive on ordering a committee to review 368 grazing sites across 25 states.
According to the Kebbi state governor, Buhari's order does not rule out the idea of ranching. He explained that the committee is just to identify grazing routes and not to recover them.
NANS asks Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists
NANS' national president, Sunday Asefon, made the call on behalf of the association on Sunday, August 8, in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state.
Asefon said anyone with a propensity to kidnap and kill students in large numbers should be declared a terrorist.
He condemned the closure of some schools in some parts of the north due to the increasing wave of students’ abduction.
Divine intervention is the way forward
Matawalle called for intensified prayers to be made in tackling banditry in the state.
According to him, it will take God’s intervention alongside the government’s efforts to put an end to the menace.
The governor said it has become imperative for the citizens to complement the government and security operatives’ efforts in tackling the menace in the state.