The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday warned Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai against hiring foreign mercenaries to fight terrorists in Nigeria.
Governors had told reporters on Saturday that he would be forced to hire foreign mercenaries to go after bandits if the federal government and security agencies failed to crush criminals in the Northwest.
However, in a statement released by its national publicity secretary, Debo Ologunagba, the party argued that El-Rufai’s contemplation of mercenaries in the fight against the bandits was an admission of the federal government’s failure in the fight. ongoing against insecurity.
The party said the killing of thousands of Nigerians by terrorists since the All Progressives Congress (APC) took power in 2015 was the result of actions and comments by APC leaders and government officials who encouraged the terrorism in the name of politics.
The statement read, “Nigerians can still recall how in July 2021 Governor El-Rufai when asked why the Federal Government was lethargic in pursuing bandits (terrorists) said bandits (terrorists) are collections of independent criminals for whom banditry is a business.
“Nigerians can also recall how before the 2019 general election, Governor El-Rufai threatened that ‘those who call on anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the people who will come to intervene, they will return in body bags.
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“The media has also been inundated with reports of how governors of APC-controlled states, particularly in the North West region of the country, have publicly romanticized and empowered terrorists by paying them billions of naira in public funds in various hasty, uncoordinated and unclear negotiations.
“Nigerians have not forgotten how in November 2020, the Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari, through his spokesperson, Shehu Garba, justified the beheading of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by terrorists and blamed the farmers for not getting permission before going to their farms.
“The PDP, however, wants Governor El-Rufai to know that his suggestion or threats to import foreign mercenaries are counterproductive and likely to worsen the already dire security situation in our country.”
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