Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said bandits do not repent until death ends their evil act.
The governor said this yesterday while addressing State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said his administration was convinced that bandits should be neutralised to end their nefarious activities.
El-Rufai said he was accompanied by Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan, to brief the President on the recent attacks by bandits, which led to the death of about 40 persons.
The governor noted that the whereabouts of the bandits were not hidden but that the military was being careful because of the collateral damage its operations could cause to the civilian community.
He said there was little the state could do, if the security forces could not take the war to the bandits’ hideouts.
El-Rufai said he asked the President to give his state more security forces and a comprehensive operation.
The governor urged the security forces to carry out aggressive operations against the bandits.
On his position about repentant bandits, he said: “There is nothing like repentant terrorists (bandits). The only repentant bandit is the one that is dead. Our intention in the state is to kill them (bandits/terrorists); let them go and see God.”
According to him, there are three types of terrorists: Boko Haram elements, the bandits, and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Comment: I thought Mr. Buhari’s administration says that Boko Haram’s ‘repentant terrorists should be reintegrated into the society. Now Mr. Rufai says that bandits do not repent until they die. So which one is worse? Boko Haram terrorists or ‘bandits’, are they the same, six of one or half a dozen of the other? or is this why Mr. Buhari is refusing to term the bandits as terrorists as the courts have ordered three weeks after? Your guess is as good as anybody’s.
So, now that the north is on fire there is no longer any difference between Boko Haram elements and bandits; allahu akbar.
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