Malam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, insisted on Monday that the state is at war with bandits and that efforts being made by prominent northern Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi to woo bandits to lay down arms and embrace peace may not yield fruits.
El-Rufai insisted that his administration was at war with the bandits and, therefore, has no room for negotiations, adding that any bandit arrested in the state would be killed.
The Governor stated these in an interview with the BBC Hausa monitored in Kaduna on Monday.
“My administration is at war with the bandits and so we cannot negotiate. Eliminating them is the only solution to banditry,” he said.
According to him, Gumi is wasting his time as there won’t be any forgiveness and compensation for bandits.
The Governor said the bandits were used to getting big money and would find it difficult to repent after all.
“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 the religion. That is why they kill mercilessly.
”Anybody who thinks a Fulani herdsman that was used to only getting N100,000 in a year, after selling a cow, but now is getting millions through kidnapping for ransom will stop is only wasting his time,” he added.
The Governor also lamented over the division amongst governors in the Northwest region on the synergy to confront the criminal elements in the North.