Our Rescue Plan Was To Lose A Few Students But Kill All The Bandits In Planned Bombardment Of Their Hideout – Governor El-Rufai

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Kaduna , Nasir Elrufai has left Nigerians shock after he reportedly disclosed that their rescue plan after abduction of 29 students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka , was bombard bandits’ hideout, lose a few students and all the bandits.

Punch reported that El-Rufai disclosed this on Thursday May 6, during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group.

Responding a question on why he refused negotiate with bandits at the event tagged: ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’ and hosted by Pastor of Trinity House Church Ituah Ighodalo, El-Rufai revealed that the rescue plan was not carried out because the bandits slipped through the cordon of the .

He Said;

“Two days after the abduction of the Afaka young people, was assured by the air force and the that they knew where the kidnappers were with the students and they had encircled (them).

“We were going attack them. We would lose a few students but we would all the bandits and we would recover some of the students. That was our plan. That was the plan of the air force and the … But they slipped through the cordon of the . That is why they were not attacked.

“We know is risky, we know the process we may lose some of the abductees but is a we have to pay. This is war, there will always be collateral damage war and we will rather do that than pay money because paying money has not solved the problem anywhere the world.”

El-Rufai admitted that he had “lost weight” over the which he said was giving him sleepless nights, however claimed that Kaduna was not as bad as , Katsina and Zamfara.

He also said the media only focused attention on his state because fitted into their narrative of ethnic clashes. The Governor claimed that in Katsina and states, entire villages were sacked by bandits but nothing of such happened in Kaduna.

Also commenting on why he asked former to negotiate with Boko Haram, El-Rufai said he only gave that advice because that was the first time such abduction would take place and also because Boko Haram is driven by an ideology and not by money in the case of today’s bandits.

He claimed that Buhari has hardly achieved much because he is a nice guy that doesn’t like to sack, in contrast to the way he governs .

El-Rufai added;

fire people so get higher execution rates. Buhari is a nice guy, he doesn’t fire people so he has a slower execution rate.”