How to end insurgency, banditry—El-Rufai



Nasir-El-Rufai Kaduna state gov

Nasir El -Rufai of Kaduna state advised security forces to collaborate and take the war to the terrorists so as to recover the un-governed forests that they occupy.

The further said that ‘’the situation in which the mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction is unacceptable.’’

‘’We are in a war with these terrorists who are challenging the sovereignty and monopoly of the instruments of coercion of the Nigerian state and territory.

El-Rufai made this known in his welcome remarks the Federal Government Townhall Meeting on National Security which held Kaduna on Thursday.

He argued that taking the battle to the terrorists ‘’will not cripple the outlaws, but will also reassure ordinary citizens, bolster the morale of the and provide an alternative focus for the energies that are being dissipated on fractious endeavours.’’

‘’There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned,’’ he argued.

‘’These bandits have lost their right to life under our Constitution and be wiped out in their entirety. There is no other way to approach the current insurgency situation today as far as governmental action is concerned,’’ he added.

El Rufai lamented that the national level security response to challenges of terrorists uncoordinated and ineffective.

According to him, ‘’none of the military services nor agencies suitably expanded in numbers and for over a decade since the insurgency in the North-East pushed things to a new low. ‘’

‘’This country does not have enough soldiers, uniformed police and secret police to project state power across vast swathes, particularly the forests.

’The limited number of boots on the ground are not well equipped and are significantly lacking in the technology that can make their limited numbers matter a lot less,’’ he pointed out.

The expressed hope that the Town Hall meeting ‘’will promote the engagements and consensus necessary for effective collective action to secure our country and people.’’

According to him, a more secure country ‘’enable our -abiding citizens to in their legitimate pursuits, including farming and livestock production, without fear.’’