Military action not solution to banditry – Justice Umaru Abdullahi
Justice Umaru Abdullahi, Katsina elder statesman and former president of the Nigerian Courts of Appeal has faulted the government decision in using military action against bandits operating in some parts of Northern Nigeria and Katsina State in particular.
Justice Umaru Abdullahi who is also holding the prestigious traditional title of Walin Hausa said this in an interview with newsmen at his residence in Katsina on Saturday.
According to him, in the history of the world, there was no time a violence or violent groups were wiped out with another superior violence.
He therefore urged government to initiate genuine peace talk with the bandits with view of addressing their genuine concerns that pushed them to pick up arms.
“It is indeed time for a sober reflection on what actually pushed these people to pick up arms and turned violent. When we were growing up, we all knew there were grazing reserves and ruga settlements for the fulanis to rear their cattles but these had all been turned into farms or other things.
“Those saying government should not negotiate with terrorists are just borrowing the phrase from American government who invades foreign countries and destroys them in the name of fighting terrorism but Americans themselves are living in peace without any fight.
“These so called fulani bandits are Nigerians and so the government should sit down and listen to their demands.”