During the weekly Ministerial briefing at the State House in the Federal Capital Territory, the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), declared that the Federal Government would not negotiate with terrorists and bandits. Rather, the government will deploy all the necessary forces to affected areas to fight and conquer the terrorists.
Also, the government is unwilling and strongly against succumbing to blackmail and the use of criminals to harass innocent citizens.
The National Security Adviser, went on to state that negotiating with the criminals would only suggest weakness and incapacity on the part of government, thereby giving the enemies leverage.
According to him;
“While the government is not averse to talking it must apply the necessary force because you can’t trust these people.
Government wants to use military assets to eliminate them but if along the line, the come out, good. It paints the picture of weakness, incapacity.”
The Security Adviser also revealed that the Federal government has ruled out talks of engaging foreign mercenaries in the fight against insurgency in the country.
“The President’s view and directive is that we will not engage mercenaries when we have our own people to deal with these problems. We have the personnel and resources, and the President has given a new lease of life to the Armed Forces.”