The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru El-Rufai, has said that governors in the 36 states are unanimous on the need to kill all bandits and other criminals taking shelter in the forests.
El-Rufai said all terrorists and bandits should be killed as the only way of ensuring security in troubled parts of the country.
He said this in Abuja yesterday at a high-level dialogue on ‘Financing Safe Schools: Creating Safe Learning Communities’ organised by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
Speaking at the event, Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Dr Kayode Fayemi, identified the roots of the country’s security predicament as its high unemployment rate.
El-Rufai said the governors were unanimous that the security agencies “must move into the forests” and kill all the bandits. “Kill them all,” he said.
This is not the first time the governor is advocating for the summary execution of the bandits. He has in the past criticised amnesty for the armed groups insisting that only firepower could subdue them.
A governor who spoke to Daily Trust last night expressed worry that the Kaduna governor was divulging sensitive security information to the public. He said El-Rufai’s statement did not represent the complete picture of the governors’ position.
Speaking at the event, the Kaduna governor said the bandits should be bombed as “Nobody living in the forest is innocent and we must kill them all”.
He commended the Chief of Air Staff for the air missions, which he said, has led to a reduction in the activities of bandits in recent times.
El-Rufai also reiterated that if his child was kidnapped, he would not pay any ransom.
The governor said security agencies needed more funding and technology.
“What is needed is coordinated action and we need more drones rather than aircraft. We need a combination of airpower and troops on the ground,” El-Rufai said.