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Why Buhari Can’t Deal With Bandits How He Dealt With Nnamdi Kanu – El-Rufai

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Boko Haram terrorists and bandits should not be compared with Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State said on Friday.

Comparing the two tendencies was like comparing apples and oranges, the Kaduna State governor said in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Friday morning.

One basic difference he said was in the system of leadership saying that IPOB has a recognized leadership with Nnamdi Kanu at the head as against the leadership style of the bandits and Boko Haram.

He spoke in response to comments that President Muhammadu Buhari should apply the same energy he used in capturing Nnamdi Kanu in getting at the bandits terrorizing many parts of the country.

“I was very happy (when Nnamdi Kanu was arrested) because, first he jumped bail, jeopardising his sureties.

“Secondly, a person that challenges the sovereignty and the authority of a state and incites violence; he refers to his own country as a zoo.

“This should be a message to all these separatists challenging the authority of the Nigerian State to be very careful.”

Asked about handling Boko Haram and bandits with the same swiftness, he said: “No! No! No! No! People are comparing apples to oranges.

“Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of IPOB, a proscribed organisation. He is identifiable, in constant communication and everyone knows where he is.

“Let’s take Boko Haram for instance. Shekau was in hiding and for the past 10 years and the military had been waging a war to get him.

Nnamdi Kanu And Bandits Cannot Be Treated The Same – El-Rufai

“It is not like Shekau was in Saudi Arabia, sitting in one place, tweeting about the break up of Nigeria or asking Boko Haram to go and kill Helen and Nasir el-Rufai.

“Nnamdi Kanu is in one place while Shekau is waging guerrilla warfare. The insurgency is still going on and the Federal Government is not giving up.

“Regarding bandits, they are not centralised under one leadership. Who is the head of the bandits? Who is the equivanlent of Nmandi Kanu with banditry?

“Bandits are just collections of independent criminals. It is a business for them. It is not a case of Nigeria must break up.

“I want to challenge anyone to tell me the central leader of bandits in the same position as (Nnamdi) Kanu.”

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