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Northern Govs Fuel Kidnapping To Divert Funds-CSOs

Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in Northern Nigeria on Wednesday in Kano State, accused some northern governors of turning the rising cases of kidnapping and banditry in the region to money spinning ventures.

The groups under the aegis of Non-State Actors Consultative Forum (NOSACOF) also kicked against Governors of Zamfara and Katsina States, and other elites in the North calling for negotiation with terrorists as an alternative to military intervention to end insecurity in the country.

The Co-convener of coalition, Mr. Ibrahim Waiya, while addressing journalists in Kano on the state of insecurity in northern Nigeria, alleged that political actors in the North have devised a new strategy to swindling public resources through negotiation with bandits.

Waiya disclosed that the forum was not happy with the huge resources that exchange hands between politicians and the bandits in the name of ransom, adding that the governors have failed to address poverty and joblessness which remain the root cause of insecurity in the North.

He contended that paying bandits ransom was the same as empowering the terrorists with public funds to purchase more sophisticated weapons against the state.

The group stressed that the new trend being orchestrated to undermine the national security architecture and efforts of the military to stop the invasion of terrorists may spell doom for the country if not quickly addressed.

The coalition further accused political actors in the North of allegedly launching a campaign of calumny against the personality of the National Security Adviser (NSA) to President Muhammad Buhari, Major-General Mohammad Babagana Manguno (rtd), because of his vehement disapproval of negotiating with bandits.

The groups maintained that their interest was not under any sponsorship, adding that Manguno has demonstrated uncommon integrity and would never misappropriation public funds as alleged.

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