Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has warned state governors on the dangers of rewarding armed bandits stating that such policies can be disastrous.
President Buhari in a tweet on Friday said state governors must also review their policies and be proactive in improving security in and around schools.
Mr Bello Masari, the Governor of Katsina state and President Buhari’s home state as well as Zamfara State Governor are known to have negotiated peace deals with the bandits.
“State Governments must review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles. Such a policy has the potential to backfire with disastrous consequences. States and Local Governments must also play their part by being proactive in improving security in & around schools,” the President through his media aide, Garba Shehu.
“Let bandits, kidnappers and terrorists not entertain any illusions that they are more powerful than the government. They shouldn’t mistake our restraint for the humanitarian goals of protecting innocent lives as a weakness or a sign of fear or irresolution,” he added.
By Abel Ejikeme