Ekiti Governor, South-West, Nigeria, and Chairman Nigerian Governor’s Forum (NGF) Kayode Fayemi has said his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir El-Rufai is not opposed to negotiation with bandits.
He however noted that El Rufai as opposed to a particular form of negotiation that emboldens the criminals to keep perpetuating heinous crime.
Fayemi spoke with journalists at the 2021 Pre-Synod Nehemiah Summit organised by The Diocese of Lagos Anglican Communion at All Souls’ Church, Lekki, Lagos.
“Any loss of life is a loss to all of us, is not just to the family members but they feel the pain more. I don’t think my colleague is averse to negotiation with bandits.
“Governor El-Rufai is only opposed to a particular form of negotiation that emboldens the criminals to continue to perpetrate heinous crimes.
“It is on record in the past where he promoted negotiation in retrieving the Chibok girls, so he is not totally adverse or completely averse to negotiation.
“I am talking about negotiation by referring to inform research that terrorism hardly disappears on the military field, they are almost always attenuated from the negotiating table.
“We have always said that there are unemployment and other factors that are fueling youths violent extremism.
“I refer to drugs, climate change and a whole range of issues. This means that people are not innately criminal, there are sometimes socio-economic underpinnings responsible for their criminal acts.
“I know how agitated the Governor of Kaduna is. He is far more knowledgeable about the local situation and he will do what is best for its citizen.
“I know he is a serious Governor and I know him to be committed to the safety of lives of the people.”