By Ayo Kehinde
Gov. Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State has alerted the country’s security agencies on the need to wipe out bandits from the country, justifying his plea on the constitutional grounds that to terrorise Nigeria means to loose one’s rights to life.
El-rufai who made this during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna, with theme:”Setting Benchmark for Enhanced and National Unity in Nigeria”, said, ”the bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.
“The security agencies mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction, we are in a war with these terrorist challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state.
“Our security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorist, recover and restore the forest to enable our law abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.
El-rufai stated that no one in a position of responsibility, can deny the need for sustained action, against criminals, saying the best way to reassure the citizenry of the security of their life and property within the Nigerian territory was to remove the killers from society.
He said that “government must Identify and deal with non state actors and others challenging the existence of the country.
The governor “advised that security forces should be increased and be well equipped to deal with insurgency, adding that judiciary must also be decentralised to serve justice.”