Some herders-turned-bandits have claimed that the Federal Government’s neglect and lack of qualitative education pushed them into banditry.
In a published video, one of the bandits who was interviewed said the president has to personally negotiate with them for peace to reign, stressing that every Nigerian has to be treated equally.
The speaker said despite Nigeria’s wealth, bandits are being neglected, forcing them to bear arms.
He blamed the lackadaisical attitude of the president on the continued killings in some northern states.
According to him, herdsmen supported the Buhari administration because they felt he was going to bring about a change in the status quo.
Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, has repeatedly called on various governments to grant amnesty to bandits, describing it as the only solution to the problem of insecurity.
Recently, he stated that amnesty should also be extended to the Fulani herders involved in killings and kidnappings in the South, just like some State governors have done for bandits in the North.