Negotiating With Bandits Is Waste Of Time, Says El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has described the efforts being made by a prominent northern-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Gumi to woo bandits to lay down their arms and embrace peace, as an exercise in futility.

The governor said that the bandits were used to getting big money as ransom and will therefore find it difficult to repent after all.

He disclosed this on Thursday during an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC, insisting that his administration is at war with the bandits and will never negotiate with them.

“I never believed that a Fulani herdsman who ventured into banditry and is collecting millions of Naira as ransom will repent. I spoke to Dr Gumi, who is my friend. I explained that the majority of these bandits don’t believe in religion. That is why they kill mercilessly,” he said.


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