Former Head of State General Abdulasalmi Abubakar has dismissed negotiating with bandits as an best option in tackling banditry, and called for new strategies to combat the menace.
Abdulsalami told a delegation of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) on Wednesday during a visit at his Minna, Niger State residence, that government might be forced to accept dialogue over the release of victims of Government Science College, Kagara.
He appealed to the government to consider all possible options to secure the release of the victims.
He said: “Dialogue is not the best way, but when you are the one wearing the shoe, what will you do? Our children have been abducted for over five days, even if you know where they are, it will be foolhardy to storm there and fight them because there may be casualties.
“Sometimes there is a need to see the best way you can talk to these heartless people to see how you can get these people released. But dialogue is not the best way.
“The law enforcement agencies need to work together to map new strategies on how to deal with the problem.”
The Chairman of the NGF, and governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, who also led the delegation to the residence of former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, spoke on the plight of the kidnapped children.
He said: “The safety of the children is of utmost importance for now. We want them to come out safely without anyone being hurt. Any measures the government takes to secure their release will be okay.”
The victims have spent one week in captivity.