Maj.Gen. Babagana Momguno, (retd), the National Security Adviser (NSA), and all the seven governors from the North-west region of the country are scheduled to have a town hall meeting In Kaduna on Monday, to address growing insecurity in the region.
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According to Daily Trust, the meeting is being convened following the recent disagreement among the governors of the region on how to tackle banditry.
Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said his administration is at war with bandits and will not negotiate with them.
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The governor, in a recent interview with BBC Hausa radio, ruled out forgiveness and compensation for bandits, as being advocated by the state-based Islamic scholar, Ahmad Gumi.
However, his Kano counterpart, Abdullahi Ganduje, while speaking on Radio France International on Friday, stated that El-Rufai is either misunderstood or ill-informed on the insecurity affecting the north, for saying using force with bandits is the only solution.
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The newspaper said a statement made available to journalists on Saturday by the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA), noted that the town hall meeting is expected to provide direct assessment of the security situation, generate local feedback and recommendations, encourage geo-political synchronisation of effort among states and to also create a pathway to lasting peace and security.