The Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has suggested a powerful solution to the worsening insecurity ravaging not only the north but the entire country. It will be recalled that Kaduna is one of the northern states that has witnessed the worrisome insecurity situation in recent times.
Photo of Nasir El-Rufai
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The insecurity is occasioned by the activities of bandits. They have kidnapped hundreds of school children and residents to rake in millions of naira through ransom. Their notorious activities targeted at the schools have largely distorted the educational development of the region in no small way.
As we speak, many school children are still in the captivity of the bandits, while schools are in palpable fears to reopen for academic works. However, one of the approaches Governor El-rufai had earlier suggested was to stop paying the bandits ransom.
The Governor had insisted that he would never pay a dime to the kidnappers and equally warmed residents to restrain. He believed that giving them money to set the victims free would continue to make the situation worsen because some people would be going into criminal activities as it becomes a lucrative business.
However, mixed reactions greeted the idea as some Nigerians dragged the Governor for dishing out such a wickedly suggestion. El-rufai who was very serious with his idea of paying bandits ransom affirmed that if his child was kidnapped, he would never pay a dime!
While speaking at the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Third Quarter of 2021 in Kaduna on Wednesday, the Governor asked Federal Government to proclaim bandits as terrorists. He believed that tagging them as insurgents just like Boko Haram members would allow the military to kill them within international law.
Recall that National Assembly had equally made the same request in recent times as a way of tackling the nefarious activists of bandits in the country. Below is another pragmatic solution to the insecurity that the Governor suggested:
FG & state governments should collaborate and hire 1,000 willing youths from each of the 774 LGAs in the country into the security agencies.
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With 1000 youths taken from 774 LGAs, the country will have about 774,000 new boots on the ground to wipe out criminal elements.
Apart from reducing unemployment rates among the youths, the new recruits would boost the shortfalls in the security architecture of the country and give a blow against criminals. This is contained in a report published by the Vanguard.
El-rufai: “This will be a surge in numbers that is unprecedented since the civil war. An influx of 774,000 new boots on the ground will be a significant blow against criminals and an employment boost,” he said
It is saddening to note that the state congress of the All Progressive Congress, APC held in Kaduna State on Saturday didn't take place in two local governments- Birnin Gwari and Zangon Kataf.
The elections were postponed for security reasons. And sadly enough, the Governor might not have an option other than to appoint Administrators to manage these Local Governments for the next three years.
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