The Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi, has expressed his desire to negotiate with the killer Fulani armed bandits, to know their grievances with the State and Federal Governments,
He made the disclosure in Abakaliki, the State capital, at the presentation of 40 Toyota Sienna vehicles and 20 Hilux vans to Security Agencies, for enhanced operations in the State.
The Governor also asked the Local Government Chairmen, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and Community Leaders, to meet with the bandits Leaders.
His exact words: “I want to talk to the bandits and empower them, as we cannot continue to kill ourselves and destroy public infrastructure.
“The bandits are our children, and I am pained when they or the Security Agencies are killed.
“I want to ascertain their grievances against Ebonyi or the Federal Government, and collate the facts for discussions to commence.
“Let us forget about the 2023 elections, with the Leaders taking responsibility for the situation, and discussing a way forward.
“No one takes money to the grave, and when we hear a gunshot, we will run and abandon the money we amassed.
“This is not a period to discuss political parties, but ensure that the resources of this nation which can truly transform it is judiciously utilised.”