Photo: President Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Birnin-Gwari Emirate Progressives’ Union (BEPU) has urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to dismiss the calls made by Senator Ahmed Sani Yeriman Bakura and other advocates for negotiations with bandits.
BEPU argues that negotiating with bandits shows a lack of understanding of their nature and goals, which have resulted in widespread destruction, loss of life, and instability in the country.
They emphasize the need to dislodge all bandit camps in various forests to effectively end the business of banditry in Nigeria.
BEPU in a statement issued on Tuesday signed by the Chairman Ishaq Usman Kasai believes that negotiations are unlikely to yield positive results, as past experiences have shown that bandits exploit them to buy time and strengthen their positions.
They highlight the lack of centralized leadership among bandits, making it challenging to ensure compliance with negotiated terms.
The union recalls failed negotiations in Zamfara State in 2016, where bandits disregarded the agreement and continued their criminal activities.
BEPU expresses confidence in the Nigerian security forces and calls for coordinated operations and troop deployment in strategic areas of the North West states.