A former National Publicity Secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chuks Ibegbu, has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari for handing out preferential treatment to bandits over Nnamdi Kanu.
Ibegbu claimed that the Buhari administration was more preoccupied with prosecuting Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and other pro-Biafra activists, rather than dealing with the threat of banditry.
In all sections of Nigeria, Justice Taiwo Taiwo pronounced banditry to be a kind of terrorism.
The Judge also declared banditry to be an act of terrorism and barred the activity of various parties associated to it.
In response, Ibegbu stated that the Federal Government’s decision to handle banditry and Boko Haram with leniency is not the best approach for Nigeria to progress.
Ibegbu said: “It’s obvious that the Federal government is treating the issue of banditry with kid gloves and it’s very clear to everybody.
“Federal Government is treating them (bandits) with levity and is more concerned with Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, and pro-Biafra agitators. Any little issue in the Southeast would be taken with all seriousness, but bandits, kidnappers, marauders, and Boko Haram are treated with kid gloves.
“This is not how to move a country forward or how to unite the country. Everybody should be treated equally.
“Those agitating are patriots. If you are agitating for something and you are not a bandit, killer, but pushing for fairness; you should not be seen as a terrorist.
“To be treating those killing and abducting people for ransom with kid gloves shows a high level of nepotism in the system.”