Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant is currently being dragged by Nigerians online after he likened bandits in the North to the Niger Delta militants.
He made the statement while on a programme on Africa Independent Television, AIT where he appeared to discuss insecurity and banditry in Nigeria.
He opined that bandits and Boko Haram members should be deradicalized and also trained further as the Federal government did to Niger Delta militants under the amnesty program.
”Deradicalisation that is done to this Boko Haram isn’t enough. You can’t deradicalise me by speaking to me or bringing a preacher. I need to have some sense of responsibility on myself and my wellbeing. What happened in the Niger Delta case is that they were not just inetrgrated into the community, they were trained, some of them became pilots, engineers”
When asked if Bandits should also be trained, Adamu opined;
”What Niger Delta did was it not killing and criminality too? Was it not kidnapping and bombing too? It is? What we need to do is to train them and give them a sense of responsibility”
His comment comes a day after he tweeted that Shekau is the same person as Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Igboho.