Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State, has stated that his colleagues in the 36 states are unanimous on the need to kill all bandits and other criminals living in the forests.
El-Rufai said all terrorists and bandits should be killed, as the only way of ensuring security in troubled parts of the country.
The governor said this in Abuja on Tuesday at a high-level dialogue on ‘Financing Safe Schools: Creating Safe Learning Communities’ organised by the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
El-Rufai said the governors agreed that the security agencies “must move into the forests” and kill all the bandits. “Kill them all”, he said.
It is not the first time the governor is advocating for the killing of bandits.
He has in the past criticised amnesty for the criminals, insisting that only firepower could subdue them.
The Kaduna governor commended the Chief of Air Staff for the air missions, which he said has led to a reduction in the activities of bandits in recent times.
The governor advocated more funds for security agencies.
“What is needed is coordinated action and we need more drones rather than aircraft. We need a combination of air power and troops on the ground,” El-Rufai added.
Also speaking at the event, Ekiti State governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, identified unemployment as the root cause of the country’s security challenges.