Reason FG can’t arrest Boko Haram, banditry gang leaders – el-Rufai


Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State has attributed failure of the federal government to arrest leaders of Boko Haram and that of banditry gangs to the style of their operations.

The federal government has been accused of double standard in some quarters on the back of the arrest of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The government, according to a some commentators, allowed leaders of Boko Haram and banditry gangs a free rein but pulled all the stops to track down Kanu and extradite him.

El-Rufai faulted the argument saying  in an interview he granted BBC Pidgin on Friday that the cases are not similar.

His word, “No! No! No! No! People are comparing apples to oranges.

“Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of IPOB, a proscribed organisation. He is identifiable, in constant communication and everyone knows where he is.

“Let’s take Boko Haram for instance. Shekau was in hiding and for the past 10 years and the military had been waging a war to get him.

“It is not like Shekau was in Saudi Arabia, sitting in one place, tweeting about the break up of Nigeria or asking Boko Haram to go and kill Helen and Nasir el-Rufai.

“Nnamdi Kanu is in one place while Shekau is waging guerrilla warfare. The insurgency is still going on and the Federal Government is not giving up.

“Regarding bandits, they are not centralised under one leadership. Who is the head of the bandits? Who is the equivanlent of Nmandi Kanu with banditry?

“Bandits are just collections of independent criminals. It is a business for them. It is not a case of Nigeria must break up.

“I want to challenge anyone to tell me the central leader of bandits in the same position as Kanu.”

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