The Federal Government has reiterated its earlier decision not to negotiate with bandits and Boko Haram insurgents terrorsing the country.
National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), made this known on Thursday during the weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja.
Monguno said government would rather use different kinectic forces to flush out the criminals out of their hideouts rather than engage in dialogue wth the criminals.
“While the government is not averse to talking, it must apply the necessary force because you can’t trust these people.
“Government wants to use military assets to eliminate them but if along the line, the come out, good. It paints the picture of weakness, incapacity,” Monguno said.
He opined that negotiating with the criminals would suggest weakness and incapacity on the part of government, adding that the government would not succumb to blackmail and the use of criminals by proxies to harass innocent citizens.
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