Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday said the Nigerian Governors Forum has reached a consensus that bandits must be “wiped out” out of the country.
El-Rufai also charged security agencies to eliminate anyone found in the hideouts of bandits, adding that no inhabitant of forests were innocent.
According to him, as long as the bandits were being paid ransoms, kidnapping would remain a business, adding that the only option would be to ensure that they did not live.
The governor, who stated these during an event on ‘Financing Safe School’, which held in Abuja, insisted that all the 36 state governors were all on the same page on “killing them all”.
He said: “Our position as governors and we are unanimous in this because we, the northern states’ governors, met with the President on this subject. Our unanimous position is to wipe out the bandits. Nobody living in that forest is innocent, and just kill them all. It is the only way to end this.
“We need the combination of air power, and we need troops on the ground augmented by local expertise and knowledge. We need just one, two, three months’ operation to just try to kill all the bandits.”