Group knocks Yerima over his amnesty statement

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Muhammed Shaeed

The former Governor of Zamfara State, Ahmed Yerima has been attacked by the natives Birnin-Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State over the statement he made On Monday where he advised the Federal Government to consider granting amnesty to bandits terrorizing states in the North-West zone.

The group, Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union, however, called on the president to ignore the former governor’s advice but seek international cooperation in addressing insecurity in Nigeria.

This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the group’s chairman, Ishaq Kasai, he stated that Yerima’s proposition in negotiating with bandits would amount to granting legitimacy to criminal elements in the country.

He said, “Engaging in negotiations with bandits will never yield significant positive outcomes because past experiences have demonstrated that criminal elements, such as bandits, often exploit negotiations as a means to buy time, regroup, and strengthen their positions.

“They view negotiations as a sign of weakness on the part of the government, which emboldens them to continue their violent activities.”

The group said past experiences had shown that negotiation with bandits never worked.

“Therefore, we want to draw the attention of Mr President to the fact that, going for such negotiation will bring a setback and distraction in his administration’s perceived determination to bring lasting solution to the insecurity situation bedeviling Nigeria,” he added.

The RavensNG earlier reported that during a courtesy visit to the Aso Rock, Yerima had advised the Federal Government to negotiate with repentant bandits and consider granting them amnesty.

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