El-Rufai Rejoices Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Arrest

By Femi Stephen

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai says he was happy when he heard that the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu had been arrested.

Speaking with BBC BBC Pidgin, El-Rufai said there was no basis for comparing bandits and Boko Haram terrorists with Kanu’s IPOB.

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

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“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.”

On whether the arrest of Boko Haram and bandits handled swiftly like that of Kanu, the Kaduna governor, said,be “No! No! No! No! People are comparing apples to oranges.

“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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