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Banditry: Tunde Bakare faults Buhari’s shoot-on-sight order

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church in Lagos State, Tunde Bakare, on Sunday, faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s shoot-on-sight order on those illegally wielding AK-47 in the country.

Recall that Buhari had ordered security agents to shot anybody illegally having AK-47, following the increasing banditry in the country.

But Mr Bakare, while delivering his state of the nation address, said the order has not been able to curtail the activities of bandits.

The clergy said: “Our agriculture and food sufficiency policies have also borne the brunt of the state of the nation. While bandits and cattle rustlers have continued to terrorise farmers and cattle owners in the North, the activities of criminal herdsmen have destabilised farming in southern Nigeria.

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“Not even the president’s controversial shoot-on-sight order for illegal bearers of AK-47 guns has proved sufficient to abate these attacks.

“Worse still, the recent eviction of herdsmen from some states in the South and the retaliatory embargo on food supply from the North to the South of Nigeria are clear indicators that failure to solve foundational problems of nationhood can destabilise shallow policies.

“The massacre of dozens of rice farmers in Garin Kwashebe was one clear indicator of the limitation of window dressing in governance intervention.”

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