Banditry: ‘El-Rufa’i is ignorant of security issues’ – Ganduje

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has faulted the recent comment made by Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir el-Rufa’i, on the security situation in the North-West region. 

Recall that Gov. el-Rufa’i had recently stated on the British Broadcasting Service, (BBC) Hausa service, that lack of synergy among governors of the North-West was hampering security efforts in the region. 

However, speaking on Radio France International, (RFI), in Kano yesterday, Ganduje said el-Rufa’i might not understand the security efforts put in place by the governors of the area.

According to Ganduje, security agencies in the country had advised Kano, Kaduna and Bauchi States to collaborate and check security challenges in the notorious Falgore forest in Tudun-Wada and Doguwa LGAs of Kano State.

He said, “”The way I see it, the Governor did not understand security issues well because the security situation depends on the nature of a state. For instance, no matter how we strongly collaborate as governors, how should we check ethnic clashes in Kaduna? How should we check religious differences in Kaduna?”

According to him, “This is a problem that can only be checked by the Kaduna State government itself. Therefore, any security issue in a State depends on the efforts of the State government, the federal government, the security agencies and the people of the State”.

He said there are three categories of Fulani: the Fulani, herders and their foreign Fulani herders who commit crimes. 

“It is often forgotten that there are foreigners among those Fulani herders, but nobody is talking about them. The moment a foreign Fulani herder infiltrated into Nigeria and committed a crime, he would be considered as Nigerian Fulani. Therefore, it is high time to ban them from entering Nigeria”, the governor stated.

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