The Federal Government of Nigeria, has ruled out the possibility of government negotiating with armed bearing criminal elements, saying that doing so will suggest weakness and incapacity on the part of government.
The National Security Adviser, NSA, Major Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), stated this at the weekly presidential media briefing at the Council Chamber, State House, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to Monguno, the current Service Chiefs will deploy all necessary force to deal with terrorists and bandits terrorizing some parts of the country.
He said the government would not succumb to blackmail and the use of criminals by proxies to harass innocent citizens.
He said: “While the government is not averse to talking, it must apply the necessary force because you can’t trust these people.
“Government wants to use military assets to eliminate them but if along the line, they come out, good. It paints the picture of weakness, incapacity.”
The NSA further declared that the federal government will not engage mercenaries in its fight against insurgents and other forms of insecurity in the country.
While responding to a question on renewed calls by North-east governors on the federal government to engage foreign mercenaries in rooting out Boko Haram terrorists in Sambisa forest and other insurgents’ enclaves, he said: “The President’s view and directive is that we will not engage mercenaries when we have our own people to deal with these problems. We have the personnel and resources, and the President has given a new lease of life to the Armed Forces.”