– Some bandits have disclosed why they decided to get involved in criminal activities
– The gang said the insecurity challenges in Nigeria has escalated
– In the past few months, bandits have been carrying out series of attacks and kidnappings in northern Nigeria
Some bandits have demanded President Muhammadu Buhari to spearhead talks with them as a condition for embracing peace and laying down their weapons.
The bandits made the demand in an interview with Daily Trust which premiered on Wednesday, February 24.
A masked member of the group who spoke on behalf of the outlaws questioned why Buhari who travelled around the country when he was campaigning could not do so for peace’s sake.
The bandit further criticised Buhari for not having allocation in the budget for the nomadic communities.
The gang accused the president of refusing to take the peace talks seriously despite the fact that people are being killed every day.
According to the spokesperson for the group:
“There is no day that someone is not killed between Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Sokoto and Katsina. There is no tribe that is spared, gunmen kill, soldiers kill, vigilantes kill. Whoever you see with a gun today in Nigeria, he uses it to kill people. You may not know but if I were to tell you the situation of things in this country, you will cry. Even the president will cry.”
The group claimed it supported Buhari when he first became Nigeria’s president and that the president has not rewarded their gesture.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the calls for the federal government to grant amnesty to armed bandits and other criminals.
The Nigerian president at a security meeting on Thursday, February 25, said his administration will deal decisively with bandits, kidnappers, and insurgents.
According to The Nation, the meeting had in attendance the northern state governor’s forum, northern traditional rulers’ council, and a delegation from the federal government.
Channels TV reported that no fewer than 18 people were killed by the bandits in the affected local government areas.
The Kaduna state, commissioner for internal security and home affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the incident on Wednesday, February 24.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.