We can’t handle Boko Haram, bandits as quickly as we did Kanu –El-Rufai


By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir el-Rufai, has alluded that the Federal Government cannot handle the scourge of insurgency and banditry in the country as quickly as it handled Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest.

El-Rufai said this in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Friday.

According to him, comparing the challenge of capturing Kanu with that of combatting the bandits and insurgents is like comparing apples and oranges.

Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was arrested on Sunday on foreign soil and extradited to the country to stand trial on charges of terrorism and inciting violence, among others.

Asked about handling Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with the same swiftness, El-Rufai said, “No! No! No! No! People are comparing apples to oranges.”

El-Rufai said the Boko Haram sect and bandits were different from Kanu because they don’t have a recognised and centralised leadership.

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He said, “Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of IPOB, a proscribed organisation. He’s identifiable, in constant communication and everyone knows where he is. Let’s take Boko Haram, for instance. Shekau was in hiding, and for the past ten years and the military had been waging war to get him.

“It’s not like Shekau was in Saudi Arabia, sitting in one place, tweeting about the breakup of Nigeria or asking Boko Haram to go and kill Helen and Nasir el-Rufai. Nnamdi Kanu is in one place while Shekau is waging guerrilla warfare. The insurgency is still going on and the Federal Government isn’t giving up.

“Regarding bandits, they are not centralised under one leadership. Who is the head of the bandits? Who is the equivalent of Nnamdi Kanu with banditry? Bandits are just collections of independent criminals. It’s a business for them. It’s not a case of ‘Nigeria must break up’.

“I want to challenge anyone to tell me the central leader of bandits in the same position as Kanu.”


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