Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar (Rtd) has criticized the practice of negotiating with terrorists and bandits, saying it is not the best way to tackle insecurity, Njenje Media News reports.
The former Nigerian ruler made this known while speaking to newsmen at the end of a meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum in Minna.
According to Abubakar, the best way to solve Nigeria’s banditry and kidnapping problems is to prevent the crimes are not committed.
He inferred that though negotiations might be a veritable option in saving lives of kidnap victims, the miscreants needs to be checked before they strike with the provision of tight security.
Baring his mind on the Kagara abduction, General Abdulsalami said it is not wise for anyone to, however, storm a hideout of miscreant bandits to rescue students.
“Even if anyone knows the location of students, it will be foolhardy to storm the place in a bid to fight and bring them back. In the process, some innocent lives will be lost.
He called on the Nigerian authorities to make sure that security is beefed up with an increase in manpower to forestall further occurrences.
“Nigeria’s security architecture is overstretched and the Police Force is underpopulated, hence the need for support from the citizens and an increase in manpower.
“Nigeria must go back to the time when brotherly love existed. Let us go back to when we were our brothers’ keeper,” Abdulsalami added.