“We Wont Negotiate With Bandits, But We Will Apply the Necessary Force to Eliminate Them” FG
The Federal Government has reiterated that it won’t negotiate with bandits.
National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), said today this during an interaction with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
While explaining that the bandits are only out to inflict pains and violence on innocent people by carrying out illegitimate attacks on local communities especially in the north-west and north-central regions of the country, he stated that they are not trustworthy and must be dealt with accordingly as government would deploy all necessary means to eliminate them.
“These are not people looking for anything that is genuine or legitimate, they’re just out to take calculated measures to inflict pain and violence on innocent people. We must deal with them the way they need to be dealt with. We will fully assert the government’s will.
You can’t negotiate with people who are unreliable and who will continue to hurt society. We will apply the full weight of the government to deal with these criminals.
Speaking on whether the federal government would engage the aid of foreign mercenaries in fighting these bandits, he said;
“The president’s view and directive is that we will not engage mercenaries when we have our own people to deal with these problems. We have the personnel and resources, and the president has given a new lease of life to the armed forces.”