The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned the Federal Government not to negotiate with or provide amnesty to bandits and terrorists.
CAN stated that if the federal government has exhausted its resources to combat terrorism and insecurity in the country, it should seek outside assistance rather than compromise with terrorists and bandits.
Sunday Oibe, the association's North-West Zone Secretary, stated that there is nothing like unknown gunmen, bandits, and the like since the succeeding government is more likely to want to talk with them.
The CAN writer was responding to the Zamfara State administration's claim that the federal government was negotiating with bandits and had evidence to back it up.
On Sunday, Oibe told The Punch that it was regrettable that some federal government officials were in conversations with these terrorists, stressing that it was unfair to the rest of Nigerians.
“It’s shameful and disgusting for the Nigerian state to keep doing this to us as a people. We have been hearing the expression, ‘unknown gunmen’ did this and that, over and over again.
"Suddenly, the unknown gunmen are now known to the point that the federal might is even allowing some of its officials to enter into negotiation with the bandits.
“As long as we keep living in denial, this problem shall remain unsolved. There’s nothing like bandits or unknown gunmen. This is an organised crime against the rest of us that are helpless.
"The successive governments know them, hire them, empower them, and are using them against the rest of us.
“Are we saying that the Nigerian state is so helpless to win the war against these enemies of the state? If we as a nation have become so helpless, let us stomach our pride by seeking help elsewhere.
"This war must stop, and the time is now. Personally, I don’t subscribe to the idea of negotiating with criminals and the enemies of the state.
"The government knows what to do and should stop playing games.
“Negotiation is not the answer. Rather, demonstration of political will to root out these criminals from the very root is the solution.”