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Why Boko Haram, bandits are different from IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu - El-Rufai

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“...I want to challenge anyone to tell me the central leader of bandits in the same position as Kanu...”

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has opined that  Boko Haram terrorists and bandits do not have a recognised and centralised leadership hence cannot be compared to IPOB and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu


El-Rufai in an interview on BBC Pidgin on Friday morning was asked why the bandits and terrorists in the North are not being treated with the same swiftness agitators in the southern parts are dealt.


In his response he said “I was very happy (when Nnamdi Kanu was arrested) because, first he jumped bail, jeopardising his sureties.


“Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of IPOB, a proscribed organisation. He is identifiable, in constant communication and everyone knows where he is.


“Let’s take Boko Haram for instance. Shekau was in hiding and for the past 10 years and the military had been waging a war to get him.


“It is not like Shekau was in Saudi Arabia, sitting in one place, tweeting about the break up of Nigeria or asking Boko Haram to go and kill Helen and Nasir el-Rufai.


“Nnamdi Kanu is in one place while Shekau is waging guerrilla warfare. The insurgency is still going on and the Federal Government is not giving up.


“Regarding bandits, they are not centralised under one leadership. Who is the head of the bandits? Who is the equivanlent of Nmandi Kanu with banditry?


“Bandits are just collections of independent criminals. It is a business for them. It is not a case of Nigeria must break up.


“I want to challenge anyone to tell me the central leader of bandits in the same position as Kanu.”



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