The Nigerian government says there is nothing wrong in engaging armed bandits in dialogue.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclstated this position while speaking on a radio programme on Sunday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mohammed stated that having talks with gunmen was in order, so long as the ultimate objective is to make 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 explained.
Speaking further, he noted that Nigerian government would not pay any ransom to secure the release of abductees of the Government Science College (GSC) Kagara, Rafi Local Government Area of Niger State.
Gunmen suspected to be bandits had on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, stormed the school and kidnapped several students, members of staff, and some members of their families.