Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-rufai, has talked tough on the lingering security situation in the country, as he said bandits have lost their rights to life under the constitution and must be wiped out.
He made this known during a town hall meeting on national security organised by the Ministry of Information and Culture held in Kaduna with the theme:â Setting Benchmark for Enhanced and National Unity in Nigeriaâ.
âThe bandits are at war with Nigeria and there is no other way to approach the current insurgency but for security forces to take the war to the bandits and recover forests where they are occupying.
âThe security agencies mostly react to cases of banditry and abduction, we are in a war with these terrorist challenging the sovereignty of the Nigerian state.
âOur security forces must collaborate to take the war to the bandits and terrorist, recover and restore the forest to enable our law-abiding citizens to engage in legitimate farming and livestock production.
El-rufai stated that no one in a position of responsibility can deny the need for sustained action, against criminals, adding that security operations that were more proactive would cripple the outlaws and reassure ordinary citizens.
He said that government must Identify and deal with non-state actors and others challenging the existence of the country.
The governor advised that security forces should be increased and be well equipped to deal with the insurgency, adding that the judiciary must also be decentralised to serve justice.