The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has stated the armed bandits terrorising North-West and another elements of Northern Nigeria are widespread criminals.
He stated in contrast to Boko Haram and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who’ve ideologies and flags, they’re easier criminals.
According to him, bandits are simply widespread criminals who imagine in Nigeria’s unity and sovereignty, in contrast to Boko Haram and IPOB.
The Minister made this identified on Monday throughout an interview on TVC’s ‘This Morning’ programme.
Mohammed, considered one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, due to this fact, famous that bandits shouldn’t be in contrast with Boko Haram insurgents and IPOB separatists as a result of they can’t be hooked up to a spiritual or an ideological objective.
“The difference between IPOB, Boko Haram on one side and bandits is that, while IPOB and Boko Haram are driven by ideology, a belief that they don’t want to be part Nigeria, bandits have no flags.
“Bandits have no flag. Bandits are simple criminals. There’s no difference between bandits and other criminals other than their ferocity,” the minister stated. “Bandits have never said they don’t believe in Nigeria, they are just pure criminals,” he stated.
The feedback of the Minister got here amidst rising requires Buhari to declare bandits and killer herdsmen as terrorists.
Earlier in October, Mohammed on the Nigerian Television Authority programme, “Good Morning Nigeria,’’ stated the accusation the Buhari authorities was treating bandits with child gloves was faulty and deceptive.
Speaking on the difficulty in the course of the programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, the minister stated the strategy of the Nigerian authorities by means of the army in treating criminals is to not make a distinction between bandits and terrorists.
“I believe we have now been dancing round nomenclature, a legal is a legal whether or not it’s a bandit or terrorist and the identical measure is being meted out to them.
“That is why we discover it ridiculous, the accusation that the federal authorities is softer on bandits than the separatists and different criminals.
“This is a fallacy, a faux information and misinformation all into one, and that is the type of divisive rhetoric being promoted by some naysayers.”
“It is not sensible for the army to deal with bandits, who’re killing troopers and policemen, with kid-gloves.
“The method of the military in fighting criminality through the land and air would not allow for any distinction between bandits and other criminals,” he had stated.