Politics

APC leaders, former Governors will defect to PDP soon – Bukola Saraki

The former president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, has hinted that a former governor and some bigwigs will soon defect from the All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party.

During an interview on Arise TV on Tuesday, the former Kwara State governor said the APC members were currently concluding plans to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party ahead of the 2023 general election across the country.

Saraki also hinted that there will be a gale of defection this week.

He said, “We have the potentials to turn the country around and that is why I believe with the right leadership, things can change in the country. I often say that no one can give whatever he does not have. In 2023, we have to get it right and to do that, we needed the right kind of leadership.

“There were certain governors that we already know that they will leave. And we were not surprised that they defected to the APC. Since then, we have had some bigwigs that joined us. Also in this week, there is a former governor that is going to join our party, PDP.

“Aside from that, we know that some of the leaders in the ruling party will not defect early, rather they do it late. And you saw that during the 2015 election. So, keep watching, And Nigerians will not be surprised when they begin to see some defections from the ruling party to the PDP.”

Saraki said he was not planning to return to APC in 2023.

He said, “On the question that if I decide to run and don’t get the ticket, would I defect? I think that is not really fair. In 2015, I ran for the presidency and didn’t get it, but I offered myself to be the DG of Atiku, and I worked hard.

“I’m a team player; personal ambition is not what the issue is today; what is important is to get this country right. I have my children and grandchildren, and we must leave a better country with jobs for our talented youths. The fact that I said some people would defect does not mean I would defect.”

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Nigeria, Brazil to Partner in Aviation, Maritime Industries

Nigeria and Brazil are likely to go into bilateral relations in the aviation and maritime industries.

Speaking at the Brazil-Nigeria Aviation and Defence Trade Forum in Abuja yesterday, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao, said the Nigeria Air Force is ready to do business with Brazil to improve its capacity to dislodge terrorism and insurgency from the country.

Amao, who was represented at the occasion by Air Vice Marshal Moses Onilede, said the recent procurement of the Super Tucano fighter jets by Nigeria has changed the narrative in the ongoing war against terrorism and insurgency in the country.

He said the military would be interested in getting easy access to spare parts for the Super Tucano and to get them maintained from time to time and since the fighter jets are originally Brazilian, they would be ready for collaboration with Brazil in this regard.

He also said the Air Force would be ready to collaborate with Brazil in the area of training, especially of engineers, for proper maintenance of the Super Tucano and is also ready to purchase other fighter jets from the South American country.

The Director General/Chief Executive Officer Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET), Professor Mansur Matazum, said that investment in technological did not come cheap.

Matazu, who was represented by agency’s Director of Finance and Accounts, Sani Aliyu, said: “NIMET is opened to direct investment from Brazil, insisting that the investment is highly profitable and would yield investors good return on investment.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Ambassador of Brazil to Nigeria, Mr. Ricardo Guerra de Araujo, said that Brazil and Nigeria shared longstanding human, cultural and historical relations and play an important economic role in their respective regional context.

Aliyu said: “In terms of size and economy, potentials, Brazil is the first GDP in Latin America and has also the largest population in the South American continent, just like Nigeria which have the biggest GDP and population in Africa.”

He noted that “while there are countless business and economic opportunities in Nigeria, there are also important challenges, particularly concerning the need of a more efficient infrastructure.

“Civil aviation and defense products remain, however, two outstanding strategic opportunities for international investment and trade.”

He acknowledged that some of the main factors driving defense spending include the threat posed by insurgency and terrorism and also the rising levels of illicit activities and piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off the Nigerian coast, through which more than 90 per cent of Nigerian international trade is done, adding that: “The milestone here is that without security there cannot be investment, without investment there cannot be growth and employment and without growth and employment there cannot be development and social welfare.”

He noted that with that with ITIA estimating that Africa would become one of the fastest-growing regions for aviation over the next 20 years, expanding annually at five per cent. “Nigeria is in the pole position to grab a good slice of this staggering growth as a leading economic hub in the West Coast of Africa and in the continent, thanks to companies like Air Peace,” Aliyu said.

He revealed that “the aim of this forum today is to promote and put forward opportunities in the aviation and defense products sectors between Brazil and Nigeria by providing networking opportunities and avenues for the development of bilateral trade and investment possibilities.”

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Buhari: 12m Nigerian School Age Children are Traumatized

President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that no fewer than 12 million school age children are traumatized as a result of the incessant kidnappings around the country and have found it daunting to return to school.

He said to address this, safe and secured environment for learners and professional teachers who are qualified in psychosocial support have been put in place to help the affected school children to recover their learning abilities.

Other modalities, he said, will be the proximity of schools to pupils/students, strong political will on the part of government to invest in education and the provision for adequate funding mechanism.

Buhari, who stated this on Tuesday in Abuja, during the opening ceremony of the fourth International Conference on Safe Schools Declaration, said it is disheartening to note that even when the abducted students are released, the trauma of the incidences remain long in their minds hence, the plan to have teachers trained on psycho-social support.

Represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the president said the theme: ‘Ensuring Safe Education for All: From Commitment to Practice’ is apt and urged the 111 SSD endorsing states to redouble their efforts in providing a safe environment for teaching and learning process to take place.

The theme further calls for universal endorsement of the declaration and
charged the SSD non-endorsing states to make the move immediately to safeguard their education systems, noting that “as you are aware, attacks on schools equally are direct attacks on our future generations”.

“There are more than 12 million children currently traumatized and afraid of going to school, especially the girl child.

“I must tell you that it has been tough dealing with these security challenges and their effect. Moving forward, our faith in the nation is unshaken. We have been strong, determined and robust in order to enhance the security of learning institutions and the occupants therein.

“Our resolve to take the nation to greater heights remains strong. The Nigerian Government is mindful of the fact that to record adequate achievements in the education sector, the system would require a total overhaul in the following key areas:

“Provision of a safe and secured environment for learners and teachers; availability of professional teachers; proximity of schools to pupils/students; strong political will on the part of government to invest in education; and
provision for adequate funding mechanism.

“Nigerian Government is not unmindful of this fact. This explains why Nigeria was part of the first group of 37 countries that endorsed the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD) in 29th May, 2015 and the letter of endorsement was signed on 8th March, 2018.

“As a nation, we are committed to observing all relevant international protocols, conventions and treaties for the protection of our learning institutions and facilities from attack and any other instrument on education which the country has domesticated,” the president said.

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NSA: IPOB Must Not Test Our Will to Guarantee Peaceful Poll in Anambra

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno, yesterday, warned that nobody or group should test the resolve by the federal government to guarantee the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.

The NSA, who spoke at a meeting of inter-security agencies for the elections, where the INEC chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu also said the commission was determined to ensure that the Anambra election takes place as scheduled, because according to him, 12 out of 14 items had already taken place.

Also, a coalition of civil society organisations based in the South-east has waded into alleged plans by separatist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to disrupt the forthcoming Anambra governorship election slated for November 6.

Monguno, who was the co-chairman of election security in Nigeria, spoke against the backdrop of threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to disrupt the exercise and warned that, “For those of us in security, we have already done what we are supposed to do.

“All security agencies have been asked to conduct themselves well in a professional manner and exhibit the highest level of professionalism and restraint and operate within the confines of the law, not in any way that will jeopardise the exercise.

“We are going to ensure that the people of Anambra undergo this exercise without any incident. We want to offer brotherly advice to our brothers, who want to destabilise the process to think again. We are all eager to achieve results that will be acceptable to everybody. I don’t think it will be right for anyone to ignite crisis. Please, think again.

“Yes, the law enforcement agencies will not sit by and allow people terrorise people, commit homicide. They have been told to watched out for these elements. I am appealing to you to stay in your wards and local governments and behave yourself. Anyone that wants to disrupt the process will be brought to book,” the NSA warned.

Reiterating the importance of the November 6 governorship election, Monguno said, “We all know how important it is for us. Election is number one legitimate right of every citizen and we must not deny them that right in an atmosphere devoid of rancour and violence. Just like the chairman said, we need to do better than what we did in Edo and Ondo,” he declared.

On the casualties so far suffered by security agencies and INEC staff in Anambra State, the NSA said, “I know you have gone through a lot of pains, but don’t allow that to dampen your spirit or get into lethargy. I wish you fruitful deliberations.”

The INEC chairman, speaking earlier, said, “Our deployment of non-sensitive materials and training of personnel for the election have virtually been concluded. The Commission has successfully accomplished 12 out of the 14 activities listed in the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election released in January this year.

“The two outstanding activities are the last day of campaign, at midnight on Thursday 4th November 2021 and Election Day, which remains Saturday 6th November 2021. The REC for Anambra State is here to fully provide an update on the implementation of other activities and INEC’s general state of readiness for the election.

“INEC is determined to proceed with the Anambra State Governorship election as scheduled. The safety and protection of voters, our personnel, accredited observers, the media and materials are cardinal considerations in any election. We have been assured by the security agencies of a secure environment for the election.

“I am sure the Commissioner Police, Anambra State, in his briefing, will provide more details regarding preparations on the ground. I wish to place on record the continued support of security agencies to the Commission during elections. Particularly noteworthy is the high level of professional conduct of the agencies in the last two major elections in Edo and Ondo States. Indeed, Edo and Ondo have become the standard for securing elections in Nigeria.

“The professionalism and neutrality exhibited by the security agencies in the two elections have been widely praised nationally and internationally. We are confident that this will be replicated in Anambra State,” Yakubu said.

He, therefore, commended the security agencies for the support INEC had received from religious, traditional and community leaders for peaceful elections.

He said the commission was also working with the National Peace Committee under the leadership of a former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, to bring all political parties and candidates for the Anambra State Governorship election to commit to peace before, during and after the election.

Yakubu later introduced two national commissioners sworn in yesterday. They are Kunle Cornelius Ajayi, a Professor of Political Science at the Ekiti State University and Muhammad Sani Kallah, a retired Professor of Ecology and Range Management at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. They are the new national commissioners representing the South West and North West geo-political zones respectively.

But the civil society groups in the South-east, under the umbrella of Coalition of Southeast Democracy and Human Rights Organisations (CSBDHROs) said the action of the separatist group was targeted at the Anambra election.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Enugu at an International Press Conference, the organisations said disrupting the Anambra election would not be of any benefit to their struggle, rather, it would aid emergency rule, that would not be to the advantage of Anambra people.

Chairman Board of Trustees of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), Mr Emeka Umeagbalasi, who addressed journalists on behalf of other rights organisations, called on IPOB to rescind their decision, while also calling for the release of Nnamdi Kanu.

“We are calling on our brothers (IPOB) not to toe that line (disrupting election). When a group tells you that they will lockdown the South East from November 4 to November 10, and we know that Anambra has election on November 6 and November 7, what does that tell you? The election is the target.

“We want to tell the IPOB people that nobody knows it all. We have been fighting their cause for a long time, because we know that what they are doing is within their fundamental human right. But we want to tell them that once in a while, they should make consultations.

“They should sometimes reach out to people like us. The people you see here are leaders of CSOs, and seminal thinkers in the South east, ideas are our currency. We implore them to come to us and exchange ideas once in a while, because no one knows it all.”

The groups said to disrupt the election by announcing a sit-at-home exercise on that day would mean calling for emergency rule in the state, which they said would ultimately give the state to the federal government and allow them to impose anyone on her, and that would not be fair.

“That would allow the election to be massively and scientifically rigged or to be stopped will be disastrously calamitous and place the state under ‘Khaki or Agbada Caliphate’ and ‘a nomadic rainforest state’,” Umeagbalasi appealed to the secessionists.

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Akeredolu: Stop Branding Terrorism as Banditry

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has said the various criminal activities of kidnapping, bombing and assault on the people in some parts of the country being referred to as banditry must be appropriately addressed as terrorism.

This was contained in a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olabode.

At the same time, the governor has said the southern states have no apologies for putting in place anti-open grazing law.

In the statement released yesterday after the governor spoke at the 27th Nigerian Economic Summit held in Abuja with the theme: “Securing Our Future: The Fierce Urgency of Now.”

Akeredolu noted that the infiltration of the country’s borders and burning down of railway were activities that must be addressed as terrorism and the perpetrators treated as same, contending that a nation with failed security and justice systems was set to fail.

“In Ondo State, we don’t have terrorism. Our problem is farmer/herder clashes and kidnap for ransom. We have drug abuse and agitation for self determination. We have always preached the multi-level policing in Ondo State. We believe in layers of security,” he said.

Akeredolu, who explained that although there are criminal trespasses which can be treated by the state, stressed that before the Amotekun corps was established, the police were not always ready to make arrest.

“Yes, you have criminal trespass. It should be treated by the state. All we had before Amotekun was a police that had the duty to arrest and was not prepared to make an arrest. Things are changing and have really changed in Ondo state.

“Today, if you trespass on other people’s land, the Amotekun will go after you and arrest you. They pay compensations to the farmers and when they fail they are in court. It is the only way you can send signals to the people.

“When you commit a crime and the hands of law doesn’t catch up with you, another person will repeat it. I can assure you that when you do not have an effective policing system, there is little or nothing a governor can do. And the criminal trial is taking too long,” he said.

On the recent ban on open grazing, Akeredolu said nomadic pastoralist was a culture that must be discouraged in the interest of those involved.

He noted that the issue of grazing routes was not a welcome conversation, adding that those were issue of the past that must not be brought back to the fore.

“Speaking for those of us who have put in place anti-open grazing law. We have our reasons and we have no apologies. Grazing routes? Grazing routes to where? It is not going to work. There are things we had in the past. Don’t let us imagine it now. Time changes. Grazing with AK 47 is an assault. Ban on open grazing, we are doing it effective in Ondo State.

“Nomadic pastoralist is not a new thing. There were nomadic farmers all over the world. I know of people, high ranking who have ranches today. They can showcase their cows. Why are we pushing these people out. It is a culture that must be discouraged in the interest of those who are involved. Even with the President order that anyone with Ak47 should be arrested, how many have been arrested?” he asked.

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Labour Disagrees With Govts over Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccination

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked the federal and state governments to use persuasion rather than force, to get workers and members of the public to take COVID-19 vaccines.

It, however, urged Nigerian workers and eligible members of the public to go out and take the vaccines, describing it as an effective remedy to avoid the associated sickness and hospitalisation.

Speaking at a media briefing to unveil the COVID-19 vaccination advisory for the federal civil servants in Abuja yesterday, NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said though the efficacy of vaccines for the control of COVID-19 has been scientifically proven, “the tool of persuasion and conviction be used rather than force to get workers and the general populace to take the vaccine.”

He also urged the government and other employers of labour to make special arrangement for workers to access the vaccine at their respective workplaces.

Against the background of the move by the federal government to enforce vaccination amongst its workers by setting December deadline, the NLC boss explained: “The truth is that despite being imperfect, the COVID-19 vaccine has given all of us a better chance of fighting the virus and staying alive. I urge workers all over the world to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccines and keep themselves, their families and their colleagues at work safe and free from the morbid threats of the corona pandemic.

“We urge government and other employers of labour to make special arrangement for workers to access the vaccine at the workplace. We urge that the tool of persuasion and conviction be used rather than force to get workers and the general populace to take the vaccine.”

Wabba said the pandemic has brought some of the biggest strains, stress and squeeze to the workplace, adding that thousands of workers have died from the disease.

Wabba said: “Many of the dead from the global workforce were frontline workers. As at the third week of October 2021, more than 180,000 health workers world over had lost their lives to COVID-19.

“The high rate of fatality is unfortunate but also highlights the sacrifice that workers have made in combating and containing this deadly virus. Many more workers have their jobs and means of livelihood to COVID-19.”

He also said the biggest lesson from the pandemic was that amidst the worst crisis, the human race could rise to the challenge with great resourcefulness and resilience. According to Wabba, apart from accelerated scientific efforts at understanding the epidemiology of the virus, science has raised the bar a little higher with the breakthrough discovery of vaccine for COVID-19 which has helped reduce death rate and hospital admissions.

He disclosed that a study conducted by the United States Centre for Disease Control as of the end of May 2021, showed that there was about 63 per cent drop in hospital visitations after the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“There was also a 63 per cent drop in hospital admissions post vaccination and 66 per cent drop in mortality for those aged 18 – 49 after the vaccination.

“I understand some people prefer to view COVID-19 vaccination with caution. Yes, it is important to proceed on issues of public health with great caution. Yet, it would be foolhardy to elevate caution above scientific evidence and facts from public health records,” he said.

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Our National Conventional will Hold as Planned, PDP Insists

Ahead of today’s sitting of the Court of Appeal to hear the restraining order against the October 30 and 31 national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the party leadership, yesterday, said nothing would stop the convention from holding as planned.

Addressing a pressing conference at its National Secretariat, outgoing National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said preparations for the convention were in place, and that as far as the party was concerned, the date for the convention remained October 30 to 31st, and remained sacrosanct.

According to Ologbondiyan, “As we speak, we read reports in so many media space that there are issues and that only three governors are working, that national convention committee are not meeting and the National Working Committee members are not in their offices.

“That is totally and absolutely incorrect, and some of your colleagues went upstairs into the National Committee Hall, to meet with members of the National Working Committee, who are taking their respective seats, and they are deliberating on the success of the forthcoming national convention.

“So, I want to bring to the attention of my dear colleagues, that the national convention organising committees leadership is in town, and these are the chairman, the Governor of Adamawa State, Mr. Umaru Fintiri; the Deputy Chairman, Governor Diri Duoye, the Governor of Bayelsa State, as well as the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who is the Secretary of the committee, that the three of them, are in Abuja to oversight, the convention process.

“While all the respective subcommittees are working and that’s why I’m briefing you now because I’m the Secretary of the publicity subcommittee, so all the committees are working at about 15 sub-committees for the purpose of the convention, and they’re all working, and the leadership of the convention committee as well are in town, and they’re all working,” Ologbondiyan stated.

He also said, “I want to assure you that we’ve secured the venues for the convention and this is the eagle square, as well as the point where delegates, who arrive will be moved to the equal square. So, in truth, the convention plans are underway, and there are no issues as far as a national convention is concerned as we speak,” he explained.

On the import of the Kaduna court issues on the convention, he said, “As far as the Peoples Democratic Party is concerned, the party does not work on speculations. The party doesn’t have a judgment before it.

“You cannot be talking about court issues, it is only, when there is a judgment before the court that we will begin to talk about court issues, as far as the party’s concerned. All the plans have been set out for the national convention,” he said.

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Ooni: What Buhari Told Me About Sunday Igboho

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has regretted the detention of Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho, in Benin Republic.

In an interview with BBC, the monarch said the agitator rejected advice offered him by monarchs sent to dialogue with him.

According to Ooni, when he met the President Muhammadu Buhari over Sunday Igboho, Buhari was informed of the reasons for Igboho’s agitation.

In his reaction, Buhari was said to have said Igboho needs to be “calm and patient”.

The president also asked monarchs in the South-west to advise Igboho against moves that are lawless.

The monarch, who said Igboho has a just cause to fight, said he should have been more diplomatic.

He alleged that Igboho was misled by politicians, insisting that the activist deserved the support of monarchs in the region.

On his part, Ooni said he had forgiven Igboho and already working to get him freed from detention in Benin Republic.

He urged other Yoruba Nation agitators to consider dialogue.

He said: “I have always told the government to call the agitators for a dialogue. Sunday Igboho grew up in Ife. All that he has become today, started from Ife. He fought the Ife and Modakeke war and both lands belong to Ife. He is a son of the soil.

“He wanted to fight for his kinsmen. He stood up and fought for those killed in Oke Ogun. We thank God for preserving his life. He tried his best but he was overwhelmed by different advice from people.

“Many people advised him wrongly. He listened to them.

“I visited President Buhari on his case and we discussed it. I told him that Igboho is our son, he told me that he (Igboho) should stay calm and exercise patience. The president told me that monarchs should warn him to be calm.“After I left Buhari’s place, I called on monarchs and elders of Yoruba land for a meeting to advise Igboho to exercise patience but Igboho did not listen. He started abusing everyone, including the monarchs I sent to him.

“He hurled so many bad words but he is still our son. God owns forgiveness. We have forgiven him. If he had listened, he wouldn’t have found himself in his current travail.

“We are trying our best to secure his release.“It is better to fight together. We can only achieve our goal if we are united.

“No one can fight with the government alone? You’ve to be diplomatic.”

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Nnamdi Kanu has lots of followers in South-East, Ifeanyi Ubah warns FG

The Senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, has said the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, should be taken seriously by the Federal Government because he has a lot of followers in the South-East.

Ubah said this during an Arise TV interview on Monday where he revealed why he filed a motion through his counsel, Agugoesi Ikem, to visit Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services.

The lawmaker said his aim is to persuade Kanu so that the threat by IPOB to lock down the South-East region won’t affect the Anambra governorship election slated for November 6.

“You must understand that Nnamdi Kanu has a lot of followership in the South-East. So, the government should take him seriously. But we are engaging and finding political solutions to this issue. We are engaging with IPOB and showing them the importance of this election. The most important thing is that the election is constitutional, and I’m also very much sure that on the day of the election, there would be a peaceful election in Anambra state,” he said.

“I’m the only politician that’s working hard to see the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu so that I can also have the opportunity of talking to him and get him to talk to his people to look into the issue. Because the election is constitutional, and if really anybody loves our people, they shouldn’t be saying there’ll be no election.

“It doesn’t really help our people. If there’s no election, there will be voters apathy, and somebody might come in and then do something that might not augur well.

“IPOB is a very big force because most of them are not even in Nigeria. And they have their way with the media, and people are listening to them. So, that’s why I have dedicated myself to how we can bring in and proffer a political solution.”

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Declaring bandits as terrorists’ll come at a price —Gumi

Controversial Islamic scholar and preacher, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has warned that declaring bandits as terrorists will come at a price.

The PUNCH earlier reported that speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria on Saturday called on the Federal Government to declare bandits and kidnappers as terrorists, adding that kidnapping and banditry should be dealt with decisively.

However, Gumi, in an statement titled, ‘Declaring Bandits As Terrorists Will Come With A Prize,’ said the moment bandits are termed terrorists, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in in force.

He said this may be found palatable and attractive by many teaming unemployed youths.

The statement read, “Nobody doubts that sentimentalism today overrides sensibility in our polity. For the sake of posterity, some people will have to speak out.

“The acts the bandits are committing now in NW have gradually over time become tantamount to terrorism because wherever innocent people are fatal victims it’s pure terrorism. Yet, innocence these days is relative. We agreed if their children and women are also killed, they are guilty by association or collateral damage, so also the bandits may think the same way. It’s right for vigilantes to lynch Fulanis herdsmen or anyone that looks like them by profiling but wrong for the herdsmen to ransack villages in retribution. They are pushed to believe it is an existential war and in war, ethics are thrown to the winds.

“Yet again, the only helpful part that is against bandits is that no other than them are attracted to join them in the NW because of its ethnic tinge and coloration. However, the moment they are termed Terrorist – Islamic for that matter, the direct foreign Jihadist movements will set in in force. And many teaming unemployed youths may find it palatable and attractive. Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ plus AK47 against a ‘secular’ immoral society where impunity reigns are the magnet for extremists and downtrodden – the majority of our youth.

“Already these deadly terrorist groups are fighting for the soul of these bandits. This will give criminality a spiritual cover and remove the stigma of discrediting them with such crimes since now they are fighting a ‘Jihad’ as they will claim. In such a situation, does the larger society -as it is- has the moral high ground to fight back? This is the most probable consequence, the price of which is not worth it. Nothing stops the kinetic actions from going on without the controversy of semantics.”

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