The Federal Government is advised by the World Institute for Peace against granting amnesty to terrorists and bandits.
This advice follows a reported call for amnesty by key figures among the bandits in North-Western states on Sunday.
During the International Peace Conference of the institute, Lamina Omotoyosi, WIP Country Director, emphasized that rather than amnesty, the government should allocate more resources to eradicate terrorists and bandits from the country.
Omotoyosi stated, “For the growth of our country, the government shouldn’t be concerned about people’s opinions if it means doing the right thing. The government should firmly take the right actions without hesitation.”
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He further expressed his concern about recent calls for amnesty by former governors and bandit kingpins, asserting that such a proposition should not be entertained.
“Granting amnesty to bandits should not be considered under any circumstances. Why would the government even consider it? I strongly urge the Federal Government not to proceed with this notion of amnesty for bandits. Instead, the government should bolster the military’s efforts. The military is fully equipped to tackle any security challenge. These criminals are seeking amnesty due to the pressure from military operations. Trust cannot be placed in bandits. Adequate funding should be provided for military actions against terrorists,” he urged.
Ambassador Pradeep Sapkota, the guest speaker at the event, highlighted the importance of addressing hunger as a fundamental step in effectively tackling insecurity.