Not all local rulers are aiding bandit attacks in Katsina – Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu, senior media and publicity aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, has maintained his stance on how some local traditional rulers are aiding armed bandits to execute attacks in Katsina state.
Source recalls that Shehu, while speaking on a programme on Channels TV on Monday, June 15, disclosed that the heinous activities of bandits are aided by some local rulers and district heads.
Shehu said those rulers are benefiting from the attacks, adding that “some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their own people.”
Maintaining his stance, Shehu who wrote via his Twitter handle said those perpetrating the attacks could have been flushed out if not for the “unholy alliances with bandits.”
The presidential media aide, however, explained that his position has been misconstrued to generalise the unholy bond between the bandits and traditional institution in entirety.
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He said not the “entirety of the traditional institution in Katsina is complicit in the episode” but some rulers have been sabotaging the efforts of the government against attackers.
“Under the leadership of their Highnesses, the Emirs of Katsina and Daura, traditional rulers in the state have continued to support security and law enforcement agencies in tackling the problems of kidnapping and banditry that reared their heads in the state.
“When, however, a few bad eggs are discovered and made an example of, as is bound to happen, that is to show good leadership by the Emirs, who sit on top of the pack and the state governments,” Shehu said.
He further noted that while some traditional rulers are benefitting from the bond with bandits, some have paid the price for protecting their people.