A former governor of Zamfara state, Sani Yerima has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to hold dialogue with bandits terrorising Nigeria to see an end to the issue of insecurity.
Yerima, who introduced Sharia law in Zamfara in 1999, made this call in an interview with BBC Hausa on Saturday.
He said the president should dialogue with the bandits as late former President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua dialogued with Niger Delta militants.
“I’m advising the government to, first of all, find time to sit with these bandits, just like they sat with Niger Delta militants in the past. Because a majority of them are Nigerians, even though there are some foreigners among them,” Yerima said.
“But Nigerians among them can be convinced, as the Niger Delta militants were convinced and empowered to stop.”
Yerima added, “if that fails, then the government can use force on them wherever they are.”
Yerima stated that he firmly believes that Nigerian security agencies, with adequate support, possess the capability to handle the security situation in the country, adding that they have all the necessary resources to do so.
He identified ignorance and poverty as the driving factors behind people resorting to banditry, emphasising that only illiterate individuals would take up arms and kill innocent people.
The senator, therefore, noted that poverty and ignorance were responsible for most of the crises and problems in the country, emphasising the need for leaders to find solutions to these challenges.
He further criticised political leaders who, instead of addressing people’s problems, choose to embezzle billions from public coffers for their own benefits.
He appealed to Nigerians to exercise patience with the new government led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, assuring them that positive changes would be witnessed before the end of his tenure.