Kagara: Human Right Group bemoan negotiations with bandits
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
February 19, 2021
Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) on Friday questioned the Niger State government’s negotiation with bandits that abducted schoolboys, three teachers, and their relations in Niger State.
The unfortunate incidents took place last Wednesday at Government Science College, Kagara in Rafi Local Government Area.
Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA’s national coordinator, reacting to the development while briefing newsmen on the state of the nation in Abuja, said any government or person that negotiates with bandits or terrorists is equally a criminal.
It was earlier reported that Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello on Friday dispelled the rumor that 27 students and 3 teachers kidnapped on Wednesday morning at Government Science College, Kagara have regained their freedom from their captors.
He stated that the Niger State Government was in the last stage of negotiations with the bandits, promising that the victims would be soon released.
Onwubiko said no Governor has the right to bargain with terrorists, adding that “If you negotiate with a terrorist you are a terrorist. Any governor who negotiates with terrorists is a terrorist and he should be seen as a terrorist.
“And the people of this country must make efforts to approach the high commissions, embassies in Nigeria.
“They should approach international organizations, communities to tell them that look, we have terrorists governing some geographical space in this country.
‘’For anybody to begin to defend the indefensible positions of negotiating with a terrorist, there is a problem.
“It means the person is an associate and a sympathizer of terrorism and when you sympathize with terrorism, who are you? You are a terrorist. It is completely unacceptable. It doesn’t matter if you are APC or PDP or whatever you are,” he added.
He called for the resignation of Governor Sani-Bello if he has no solution to the problem instead of negotiating with hoodlums.
The HURIWA Coordinator, opined, “If you do not have solutions to criminality in your state then you resign and allow somebody who has a better solution on how to resolve the problem”.
He said the northern political class has an agenda to set-up an amnesty program for bandits, saying, “Let me tell you why you have all this kind of problems in the north.
“There is a movement currently and plans by some people for governments to set-up an amnesty program for bandits. That is just the agenda they have among the elites in the north, which they don’t want to tell anybody.
“Ask yourself, why is the entire security architecture of this country is controlled by the north? You can see what is happening now, Gumi is the one negotiating for the government.
“The northern elites are comparing what happened in the Niger Delta to the terrorists in the north.
“How can you justify that a group of boys will buy weapons and invade a community and begin to kill and kidnap children?
“These children they are killing are northerners. They are just wasting them. And a bunch of people is being settled,” he added.
He concluded by hailing the Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El’Rufai for not supporting any kind of bargain with bandits.