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IPOB Poses More Threat To Nigeria Than Boko Haram And Armed Bandits – Gov el-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, has suggested that the Indigenous People of Biafra, led by Nnamdi Kanu, poses greater threat to Nigerian than the terror group Boko Haram and murderous bandits.

The governor told BBC Pidgin that to compare the groups is like comparing apples to oranges, noting that unlike IPOB, bandits are not calling for the break up of Nigeria but are just carrying out their activities as a form of business.

He added that unlike IPOB, bandits have no centralised leadership.

“I was very happy (when Nnamdi Kanu was arrested) because, first he jumped bail, jeopardizing his sureties.

“Secondly, a person that challenges the sovereignty and the authority of a state and incites violence; he refers to his own country as a zoo.

“This should be a message to all these separatists challenging the authority of the Nigerian State to be very careful,” el-Rufai said.

Asked if Boko Haram and bandits should be treated with the same swiftness that led to Kanu’s arrest, he said, “No! No! No! No! People are comparing apples to oranges.

In his view, the federal government should not descend on the two murderous groups the same way it did on IPOB.

“Nnamdi Kanu is the leader of IPOB, a proscribed organisation. He is identifiable, in constant communication and everyone knows where he is.

“Let’s take Boko Haram for instance. Shekau was in hiding and for the past 10 years and the military had been waging a war to get him.

“It is not like Shekau was in Saudi Arabia, sitting in one place, tweeting about the break up of Nigeria or asking Boko Haram to go and kill Helen and Nasir el-Rufai.

“Nnamdi Kanu is in one place while Shekau is waging guerrilla warfare. The insurgency is still going on and the Federal Government is not giving up.

“Regarding bandits, they are not centralised under one leadership. Who is the head of the bandits? Who is the equivanlent of Nmandi Kanu with banditry?

“Bandits are just collections of independent criminals. It is a business for them. It is not a case of Nigeria must break up.

“I want to challenge anyone to tell me the central leader of bandits in the same position as Kanu.”

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