With the benefits of hindsight, I wouldn’t have granted amnesty to bandits – Masari

By Newsie Events Media:

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has revealed how disappointed he is knowing that the so called “repented” bandits, never really repented.

Masari, who stated this on Channels TV, said he was wrong to have believed that bandits had repented when he granted them amnesty years back.
“The only thing I say is with the benefits of hindsight, I wouldn’t have done it,” “Because at that time when we started in 2016, there were leaders. But gradually, all the leaders were eliminated. That was the failure of the first round.” 

According to Peoplesgazzette, the governor in 2016 granted amnesty to bandits and in 2019 announced that no security agent should attack or kill bandits and cattle rustlers, insisting they should be allowed to go about their normal businesses.

Consequently. Katsina state remains one of bandits most terrorised states in Nigeria till date.
Mr Masari, who earlier said he had no joy governing the state, insisted on not regretting his action.
“I don’t regret it,” he pointed out.
Lamenting the recent killings and kidnapping in the state, the governor maintained that he would not have granted bandits amnesty.
“The second round after the 2019 election didn’t see the light of the day. We tried, but then we realised that, ‘who are you talking to?’” Mr Masari explained. “They are not under the same umbrella. They are not pushing for any religious belief. They are just bandits, criminals, and thieves.”

The governor in 2020, vowed not to grant amnesty to bandits again, accusing them of betraying him after granting them amnesty.
“We went through with the amnesty programme because we wanted peace to reign in the state, and we did all that within our limited resources to see the initiative succeed, but peace has continued to elude the state,” he had told the BBC.

Regarding who the bandits are, the governor confirmed claims that that those perpetrating these criminalities are Fulanis. He has also repeatedly challenged the state residents not to sit and watch but, ‘buy guns to protect themselves against the activities of the bandits ‘

“We must all rise up to counter the insecurity challenge. We must not sit and watch some people buying guns attacking our houses. We too should buy guns and protect ourselves,” Mr Masari urged northerners.

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