Nyesom Wike, governor of Rivers state, has warned the federal government against being discriminatory in its efforts to address the myriad of security challenges bedevilling the nation.
He implored the Buhari government to apprehend the bandits and other non-state actors wreaking havoc in several parts of the country like it did for Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), was arrested and extradited to the country on Sunday after almost four years in self-exile.
GreenWhiteGreen had reported how he was lured to a location in an African country with a promise of cash donations in millions of dollars and then arrested.
Reacting to the development, Wike admonished the government to extend the same energy it dissipated on Kanu to bandits and other elements terrorising the country.
Speaking with Arise TV on Thursday, the governor said Kanu must not be extra-judicially punished or persecuted because he is from a certain part of the country.
“Let people know that you’re not prosecuting him because he comes from a particular section of the country. You must also make provision to say all these people who have been causing security crises in Nigeria are also prosecuted,” he said.
Wike, who said he was never in support of Nnamdi Kanu’s dispositions and that he had openly castigated him, noted that the federal government must give citizens the impression that he’s being prosecuted because he’s an Igbo.
“Let’s not make a hullabaloo about the prosecution of Nnamdi Kanu. I don’t believe in his principles. I’ve come out, and I’ve said that you cannot annex my state to be part of your own. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll not allow the law to take its cause.
“The same way that you have arrested Nnamdi Kanu should also be the same way that all others who you have known should be brought to book to face the wrath of the law. You cannot discriminate. You cannot say because Nnamdi Kanu is from a particular area, let us do this. The same principle must be applied to the bandits, Miyetti Allah and others.”