Some bandits operating in the Northwestern part of Nigeria have opened up on how they went into banditry and how they have fared so far.
According to the bandits, their activities started under the regime of the late military Head of State, Sani Abacha in 1996.
The leader said: “It’s been long we started. We started not long after Zamfara State was created. We took up arms because we are herders and despite this country’s wealth, we are not carried along, we are not educated, we do not know anything. We do not have security, we do not have any benefit.
“We are the ones being killed but are always seen as the aggressors. We don’t have anything. Wherever a herder is, he is uneducated and has nothing. In this country, there is everything but we are not carried along. It is as if though we don’t exist. We are just being killed,” the leader of the gang said in the video.
“The president should personally come and preside over the talks. When he was campaigning, he travelled all over, why would he not do it now? He does not take these peace talks seriously and every day people are being killed. There is no day that someone is not killed between Zamfara, Niger, Kaduna, Sokoto, and Katsina. No two days pass without someone getting killed in these places.
“There is no tribe that is spared. Gunmen kill, soldiers kill, vigilantes kill. Whoever you see with a gun today in Nigeria, uses it to kill people. You may not know, but if I were to tell you the situation of things in this country, you will cry. Even the president will cry. We supported this administration and accepted dialogue because we thought he will fix the country but he won’t fix the country.
Source: www.Newzandar News