President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Sunday noted that there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits.
Recall that bandits last Wednesday invaded the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi LGA of Niger state, and kidnapped students, staff, and some members of their families.
The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello while speaking on the development noted that his government has taken steps to rescue the victims.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed in a statement on a radio programme on Sunday reacted to the comments of Nigerians who have condemned the approach of dialoguing with criminals.
Lai said there is nothing wrong in dialoguing with bandits, as long as the ultimate objective is to make peace.
He said “After the war, people still sit to dialogue. So if some people have taken it upon themselves to visit these people so that they can embrace peace, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.”
He further stated that the Federal Government will not pay any ransom to secure the release of abductees of GSC Kagara.
The Minister also denied the report that ransom was paid to secure the release of over 300 children abducted in Kankara, Katsina State.
Lai while speaking on the farmers-herders crisis, said the federal government is taking steps to address the issue.
He said the steps include plans for intensive cattle-rearing to ensure that cattle rearing and crop farming don’t conflict.