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‘We were set to bombard bandits though some Afaka students would die’ – El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday revealed there were plans to bombard the bandits, who abducted 39 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka despite risks some of the students would die in the process.

El-Rufai revealed this during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group tagged: ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’ and hosted by Pastor of Trinity House Church, Ituah Ighodalo.

He argued that Kaduna is currently at war and such would only be considered as collateral damage, a price he would be willing to pay instead of paying ransom.

The governor, however, said before this could be done, the bandits hurriedly changed location which led to the students spending over a month in captivity.

Responding to a question on his refusal to negotiate with bandits, El-Rufai said, “Two days after the abduction of the Afaka young people, I was assured by the air force and the army that they knew where the kidnappers were with the students and they had encircled (them).

“We were going to attack them. We would lose a few students but we would kill all the bandits and we would recover some of the students. That was our plan. That was the plan of the air force and the army… But they slipped through the cordon of the army. That is why they were not attacked.

“We know it is risky, we know in the process we may lose some of the abductees but it is a price we have to pay. This is war, there will always be collateral damage in war and we will rather do that than pay money because paying money has not solved the problem anywhere in the world.”

El-Rufai admitted that he had “lost weight” over the insecurity in Kaduna State which was giving him sleepless nights, Punch reports.

He however added that that insecurity in Kaduna was not as bad as Niger, Katsina and Zamfara states where entire villages were sacked by bandits.

The vocal governor also laid into the President, Maj. Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), saying he hardly achieved much because he is a nice guy that doesn’t like to sack.

“I fire people so I get higher execution rates. President Buhari is a nice guy, he doesn’t fire people so he has a slower execution rate,” the governor added.

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