The Nigerian Government has rubbished claims that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is pampering bandits ravaging the Northern part of the country.
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, described claims that the Buhari government treats bandits with kid gloves while being hard on separatist groups as misleading.
Speaking on the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, program, “Good Morning Nigeria,’’ Mohammed maintained that bandits are criminals with no basis on religion or ideology.
According to Mohammed: “I think we have been dancing around nomenclature, a criminal is a criminal whether it is a bandit or terrorist, and the same measure is being meted out to them.
“That is why we find it ridiculous, the accusation that the federal Government is softer on bandits than the separatists and other criminals.
“This is a fallacy, a fake news, and misinformation all into one, and this is the kind of divisive rhetoric being promoted by some naysayers.’’