Bandits Are Our Children I’m Ready To Dialogue With Them – Gov Umahi
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David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, says he is willing to dialogue with bandits in a bid to resolve the insecurity in the state.
Umahi spoke on Friday at the presentation of 40 Toyota Sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans to security agencies for enhanced operations in the state.
Attacks by gunmen on Ebonyi communities have heightened tension between herders in the state and their host communities. Several security facilities in the state have also been attacked by gunmen.
Umahi said Nigerian youths are aggrieved, adding that leaders must find a way of engaging them in order to bring the current partial breakdown of law and order under control.
He said most of the demands of certain people in the south-east are legitimate and the government must sit down to discuss with them.
The governor said he has directed local government chairmen and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to identify the bandits and present them for debriefing.
“I want to talk to the bandits and empower them as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure,” Umahi said.
“The bandits are our children and I am pained when they or the security agencies are killed. I want to ascertain their grievances against the Ebonyi or federal government, collate the facts for discussions to commence.”
Umahi regretted that Nigerian leaders had failed to engage citizens from the onset, saying the security challenges would not have worsened to what the country is witnessing currently.
“Our nation is so much on at a crossroad, and this is the time that all leaders must take responsibility,” he said.