Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that the Federal Government mets out same treatment to bandits, insurgents and separatists.
Mohammed said this during his appearance on FRCN program, Politics Nationwide, on Thursday.
According to him, “It is a fallacy, misinformation and
fake news all rolled into one to say that the Government is softer on bandits and insurgents than on the separatist and other criminals in other part of the country. It is very unfair to say so.
“As far as Government is concerned, a criminal is a criminal, nomenclature not withstanding. Wether you call him a bandit or call him a terrorist,” Mohammed said.
The Minister added, “The treatment of the bandit and terrorist is one and the same. Wether you’re a terrorist or a bandit, you’re a criminal.
The truth of the matter is that the military does not make any distinction in the ferocious attacks they’re unleashing on the terrorist whether they’re from the Northwest, South East or they’re from the North East.
“It is an attempt to politicize the approach of the Federal Government in tackling banditry…The Federal Government is not relenting in the attacks from the military that’s why the newly acquired platforms such as the Super Tucano(as of today we have 10 of them) has changed the equation.
“As I told you earlier, today wether terrorists or bandits, they’re in disarray. Thousands of terrorists have surrendered because of the superior power of the military, and because of the combined efforts of the States and Federal Governments, most of the bandits today are either hungry or isolated in the forest but we are not relenting.
“It is a disservice and disincentive to the military to say that terrorists and bandits from the North East and North West are being treated with soft gloves while the separatists and other criminals from other parts of the country are not treated like that. I think it is very unfair.”