Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, has said the payment of ransom and granting of amnesty to armed bandits will not resolve the insecurity situation in the country.
The vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections said such moves would encourage everyone to go into crime.
According to the former governor, who spoke with journalists at a book presentation in Abuja, the payment of ransom to bandits means state governors will be paying people who are not productive to society.
He said: “By paying a ransom, you’re paying people who aren’t productive. People are making money without being productive.
“To pay people for going into crime is unacceptable. If you’re going to pay kidnappers and grant them amnesty for committing a crime, you’re simply asking everyone to take to crime.”
According to Obi, the growing insecurity and worsening poverty in the country are due to the failure of the Federal Government to allow devolution of power to the federating units.
He, however, urged citizens to always speak up against injustice and say the truth to those in power.
“We should always have the courage to speak against injustice, falsehood, and most importantly speaking truth to power.
“This is very difficult in our dear country where being so could be seen as an offence; a great offence. I know that myself.
“I know what I go through when I speak in public or do any sort of interview. You will see people asking you, ‘Where did you get this figure? How did you come about this?”, he said.
The book, ‘Made in Aba’, is an autobiography of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, the Senate Minority Leader.