Vice-President Kashim Shettima has said that there cannot be a military solution to the crisis in the North West.
Shettima, however, called for the support of Nigerians in relation to the upcoming solution proposed by the federal government to combat the ongoing crisis in the North West region.
In recent times, the zone has grappled with an upsurge in banditry, resulting in significant loss of lives and the displacement of thousands. Various stakeholders have recommended an alternative approach to the government’s military strategy in addressing the crisis.
However, last week, the Chief of Army Staff, Maj. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, opposed the idea of granting amnesty to bandits and terrorists in the country. He stated that such programs are perceived as an opportunity by beneficiaries to regroup and launch attacks on innocent citizens.
During a speech delivered in Kano on Sunday, Vice President Shettima emphasized that President Bola Tinubu is determined to redefine the principles and practice of modern governance. Shettima stressed that a military solution alone cannot resolve the crisis in the North West.
He stated, “The crisis we face in the North West, exacerbated by poverty and social exclusion, is an issue the President is committed to confronting head-on. In the coming weeks, he will unveil a comprehensive solution.”
Shettima further added, “Unless we are willing to engage in an endless war of attrition, a military solution alone will not suffice. We need both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches.”
The Vice President disclosed that President Bola Tinubu intends to introduce the “Pulaku solution” within the next few weeks. This solution aims to address the grievances and social exclusion experienced by the Fulani community in the Northwest, thereby targeting the root causes of banditry and insurgency across the nation.
During his visit to Kano, Vice President Shettima paid his respects to the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, following the passing of Malam Imam Galadanci, who was related to the Sultan of Sokoto and the Emir of Bichi, Nasiru Ado Bayero.
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state warmly received Shettima and escorted him to the Emir’s palace.
Expressing his gratitude, the Emir of Kano praised President Tinubu and the Vice President, expressing optimism that their policies and actions would foster further development in the nation.