Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has revealed that bandits cannot be proscribed in Nigeria because they don’t go by any name.
Mohammed made this known in an interview on AIT’s Kaakaki programme on Wednesday.
During the interview, the Minister stated that proscribing the bandits is not what really matters but how they are treated.
“You proscribe known groups with names. You can’t just proscribe an unknown group legally,” he said.
“Secondly, it’s not whether they are proscribed or not, it is the way they are treated. Does the government actually treat them with kid gloves? The answer is no.”
Mohammed also pointed out that there is a difference between the bandits and the Indigenous People of Biafra, a group that has been proscribed by the Federal Government.
He said, “When a group is championing a course for the disintegration of Nigeria… A group like IPOB (that) does not even recognize Nigeria as a state, sets up its own army, and think it is a sovereign state that is different from bandits and criminals. Please, don’t compare apples and oranges.”