The Nigerian government declared that there is nothing wrong with dialoguing with bandits.
The Cable stated that the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, made the statement on a radio programme monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, February 21 in Lagos.
He declared that the government was not reluctant to people having a discussion with bandits so long as the intention was right and the ultimate objective was peace.
“After war, people still sit to dialogue. So if some people have taken it upon themselves to visit these people so that they can embrace peace, I don’t think there is anything wrong with that.
The minister however stated that the federal government will not pay any ransom to ensure the release of abductees of students from Kagara, Niger state.
He also dismissed that ransom was paid to secure the release of over 300 children abducted in Kankara, Katsina State.
Mohammed said the federal government is putting in collective efforts to approach all the security challenges in the country such as insurgency and banditry.