President Muhammadu Buhari has given bandits operating in the forests of Zamfara State 60 days to surrender.
This is in a renewed bid to stem the spate of insecurity occasioned by banditry in the State,
The Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle in a state-wide broadcast on Tuesday, disclosed that President Buhari ordered the deployment of additional 6,000 troops to the State to crush the bandits if they fail to surrender.
According to the Governor, “In my discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari and the security higher commands in Abuja, it was resolved that 6,000 additional troops will be deployed to complement the effort of other security forces in tackling the security challenges in the state.
“The troops will soon arrive in the state for their operations and we are grateful to the federal government.
“The president has agreed to a time frame within which the recalcitrant bandits should surrender their weapons and key into our peace initiative. The peace deal initiated by my administration has recorded successes including the disarmament, securing the release of hundreds of kidnapped persons, reopening of markets and the resumption of other economic activities across the State.
“Even though we are enjoying relative peace as a result of this dialogue and reconciliation programme, some armed bandits refused to key into the programme and they sustain their attacks on our communities. The government has equally observed that there is sabotage by some unscrupulous elements within and outside the state”.
In Matawalle words during the broadcast, the President’s order was clear, “you have a timeline to lay down your weapons and surrender, if not, our troops will crush you!”
In as much as the orders appear to be clear enough, some Nigerians gave a different interpretations it.
In what appears to be a sarcastic response, a cross section of them are of the view that by the President’s ultimatum, the bandits has a window of two months to continue with their murderous activities.