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2 Things The Nigerian Government And Nigerian Military Will Gain If Bandits Are Declared Terrorists

The Kaduna state government has been urging the federal government of Nigeria to declare bandits as terrorists so that the Nigerian military can kill them without expecting any punishment from the International community. However, since 2017, the federal government has not granted the wishes of the Kaduna state government.

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In this article, our main focus will center on the 2 things the Nigerian government will gain if bandits are declared terrorists.


1. The Nigerian military will have the license to attack and kill them without attracting sanctions from the International community:

One of the things the Nigerian government will benefit from declaring bandits as terrorists are that the military will be able to confidently attack and kill bandits without worrying over what the International community will say. As long as bandits are not declared terrorists, the Nigerian military will always remain cautious of how they handle anything concerning banditry because the federal government does not see bandits as terrorists.

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Throughout the world, most countries support the usage of any kind of force to suppress the advancement of any terrorist group. If any government kills any group of people that are not known as a terrorist group, no matter how violent the group might be, such a government could attract sanctions from the international community. The Nigerian government must declare bandits as terrorists so that the Nigerian military can launch an undeterred assault which will be legal under international law.

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2. The fight against bandits will become a fair game for the Nigerian army if bandits are declared terrorists:

Another benefit the Nigerian government will enjoy if bandits are declared terrorists is that the fight against bandits will become fair game for the Nigerian military. As of now, the Nigerian soldiers can't treat bandits as terrorists and they can't launch a full attack on the bandits because they are not a terror group. Any attempt to kill these bandits the same way terrorists are attacked and killed will attract sanctions from the International community.

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If these bandits become known as terrorists, Nigerian soldiers will have the license to launch an attack with everything they have got. Bandits attack soldiers with all their firepower but the military has to be cautious with the way they kill bandits because they are not known as a terrorist group by the Nigerian government. As of now, the fight against bandits is not fair game for the Nigerian military but it will become fair game if the title of bandits changes to terrorists.

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