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Afenifere accuses Govs of complicity in insecurity, banditry

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Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, on Thursday, February 18, slammed some governors stating they are complicit in the increased attacks by terrorists across the country.

Odumakin made this assertion during a media interview, revealing that some government officials are supporting banditry in Nigeria because they are beneficiaries of the criminal activities of the marauders.

The Afenifere spokesman issued this statement in response to the abductions of some students and staff of Government Science College, Kagara, in Niger State.

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The victims were kidnapped when bandits stormed the school on Wednesday morning. A student was also reportedly killed by the bandits during the attack.

Reacting, Odumakin said those in government owe Nigerians a lot of explanations.

He said, “It was the late Sani Abacha who said that if the kind of things we are going through continues in the country for more than 48 hours, the executives in the land have questions to answer. At this point, we should be asking our executives in Nigeria; ‘What is going on?’

“They cannot pretend they don’t know what is going on. The way the spokesmen of this regime defend these bandits, the way some governors openly defend them shows clearly that there are people in authority who are aware of the pains that the country is going through at the moment and who for one reason or the other are encouraging it as their benefactors and beneficiaries.

“They are encouraging them for selfish reasons which are not in the interests of the country because for one reason or the other, they are benefitting from what they are doing.

“Don’t forget that in 2016, (Nasir) El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State told the nation that he went out of this country to go and pay money to foreign Fulani who are coming to kill his people.

“The governor of Bauchi has been defending the right to gunmen carrying AK-47 saying they are using it to defend themselves. When you put all these together, we can no longer pretend that people in government know what is going on.”

When asked whether he nursed any fears that the South-West was the next for the kidnapping of mass magnitude, the Afenifere chieftain said, “Already, the bandits are all over the country.”

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