The North-western Governor’s Forum led by Masari has said that to have a banditry-free society, all stakeholders must show commitment at fighting the menace.
Chairman, of the Forum, Gov. Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State said this on Thursday, December 16, in Abuja when he led a delegation of the Forum on a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Wamakko (APC-Sokoto).
1st News reports that some indigenes of Sokoto Sate were recently killed by bandits some of whom were locked up in a bus and set ablaze.
Masari said: “We were in Sokoto State earlier to sympathise with the government and immediate families of those who were brutally killed in the name of banditry.
“The issue of banditry in north western part of the country is not beyond us. We know the problem and the solutions are something that we as a people are capable of doing.
“This is provided that all of us take responsibility and stop the blame game.
“Banditry, especially our own in the north western part of the country can easily be dealt with if all hands are put on deck.
“This is because it has no religious coloration, no ethnic coloration, it is not ideological. It is simply pure criminality,” he said.
While acknowledging that the Nigerian Police had limitations in fighting insecurity, Masari said that security agencies required technologies to effectively tackle the challenge.
“We need to know where the bandits are recruited, at what price are they recruited; all these are issues that are very well known to us.
“These are issues we should have the capacity to do provided there is determination, there is leadership and there is political will.
“We have no alternative; we have to conquer our environment; in order to survive in it.
“We in the north western governor’s forum together with the governors of Plateau, Nasarawa and Niger are working; with the Federal Government to come up with strategies and solutions.
Similarly, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said that blaming each other would not bring any solution to the security challenge.
“We have seen a lot in this country. The issue started with cattle rustling that looked so simple and so indigenous. We did not even investigate it to find out what was its root course.
“Cattle rustling has graduated to kidnapping, kidnapping graduated to banditry while we are fighting Boko haram on the other side.
“We have to break that cycle. Our first challenge is how we reclaim our forests without being affected by the bandits,” he said.