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I’ve written letters to Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists, says el-Rufai

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GOVERNOR Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has joined the call for President Buhari to declare bandits as terrorists.
The governor said this is necessary to allow the military to deal with them without any major consequences in international law. The governor who spoke today at the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Third Quarter of 2021, said he had written several letters to the Federal Government. He said, “We in the Kaduna State Government, have always aligned with the declaration of bandits as insurgents and terrorists. We have written letters to the Federal Government since 2017, asking for this declaration because it is the declaration that will allow the Nigerian military to attack and kill these bandits without any major consequences in international law. ” So, we support the resolution by the National Assembly and we are going to follow up with a letter of support, for the Federal Government to declare these bandits and insurgents as terrorists, so that they will be fair game for our military. This is the view of the Kaduna State Government,” he said. The Governor also called for a consensus between the Federal Government and the 36 states on an emergency programme of recruitment into the security agencies. He said the government can change the game significantly by hiring 1,000 willing youths from each of the 774 LGAs in the country into the security agencies. “This will be a surge in numbers that is unprecedented since the civil war. An influx of 774,000 new boots on the ground will be a significant blow against criminals and an employment boost,” he said.

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