UPDATE: CAN Speaks On FG Negotiating With Terrorists, Bandits

The Federal Government has received a severe warning not to negotiate with terrorists and bandits or pardon them.

According to, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), which issued the warning, advised the federal government to seek outside assistance rather than deal with terrorists and bandits if it had run out of resources to combat terrorism and national insecurity.

Sunday Oibe, the association’s North-West Zone Secretary, argued that there is no such thing as unidentified gunmen, bandits, and the like since the next administration is more likely to want to talk with them because it is familiar with them.

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The CAN scribe was responding to the claim made by the administration of Zamfara State that the federal government was in negotiations with bandits and that claim was supported by proof.

Oibe said that it was unfair to the remaining Nigerians that some federal government officials may be in contact with these terrorists and expressed regret that this may be the case in an interview with Newsmen on Sunday.

He said, “It’s shameful and disgusting for the Nigerian state to keep doing this to us as a people. We have been hearing the expression, ‘unknown gunmen’ did this and that, over and over again. Suddenly, the unknown gunmen are now known to the point that the federal might is even allowing some of its officials to enter into negotiation with the bandits.

“As long as we keep living in denial, this problem shall remain unsolved. There’s nothing like bandits or unknown gunmen. This is an organised crime against the rest of us that are helpless. The successive governments know them, hire them, empower them, and are using them against the rest of us.

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“Are we saying that the Nigerian state is so helpless to win the war against these enemies of the state? If we as a nation have become so helpless, let us stomach our pride by seeking help elsewhere. This war must stop, and the time is now. Personally, I don’t subscribe to the idea of negotiating with criminals and the enemies of the state. The government knows what to do and should stop playing games.

“Negotiation is not the answer. Rather, demonstration of political will to root out these criminals from the very root is the solution.”


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