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“Let’s negotiate with bandits and give them promising future” – Ex- minister, Adebayo Shittu spills



"Let's negotiate with bandits and give them promising future" - Ex- minister, Adebayo Shittu spills

Ex minister of Communications, Adebayo Shittu has urged the Nigerian president, Bola Tinubu, to negotiate with bandits instead of using “kinetic measure”.

Adebayo Shittu, the former minister in the cabinet of former president Muhammadu Buhari, said that the Tinubu-led government should use non-kinetic approach in dealing with the menacing phenomenon of banditry in Nigeria.

He stated this while making an appearance on media outlet, Channels Television’s Politics Today programme on Tuesday.

In his words;
“If I am in position, it is not too late to use non-kinetic measures in negotiating with bandits, giving them a promising future. Let us retain them. Many of them are very intelligent, many of them are able-bodied,” Shittu said, adding that the military spending on equipment far outweighed the non-kinetic approach.
The ex-minister said the millions of out-of-school children in Northen Nigeria is a “production factory for banditry” in the country.
Like Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, Shittu opined that the government should negotiate with bandits “for the purpose of resettling, rehabilitating and retraining them”.

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