Declare bandits terrorists now: Speakers tell Buhari

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Chairman of the conference and Speaker, Bauchi House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman addressing pressmen

The Conference of Speakers in Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare rampaging and deadly bandits as terrorists and enemies of the state.

The Chairman of the conference and Speaker, Bauchi House of Assembly, Abubakar Suleiman, made the pronouncement at the end of the third quarter general meeting of the Conference of Speakers in Katsina on Saturday.

Bandits have been ravaging the northern part of Nigeria, especially Northwest with thousands of people killed and many kidnapped for ransom.

Many school children have been abducted by bandits, holding them hostage for months and releasing them after collecting ransom.

According to the lawmakers, declaring bandits as terrorists will lead to the solution to the insecurity challenges facing the country.

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Suleiman said the call was one of the outcomes of their 5-point communique reached at the end of their deliberations.

According to the Speakers’ Chairman, they have come to realise that the mode of operations employed by the bandits is not in any way different from that of terrorists and as such should be treated as one.

Other resolutions reached in the course of the deliberations included working out a legislative framework to complement federal government efforts in the fight against insecurity in the country.

Also, the conference resolved to come up with appropriate laws that will address the fundamental issues responsible for the insecurity experienced in the country.

The communique also harped on the need to create employment opportunities for the teeming youths as a means to curb the insecurity situation bedeviling the country.