Obasanjo Slams Buhari’s Government for Paying Ransom to Kidnappers.
President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, of paying ransoms to kidnappers.
Buhari had spoken against payment of ransom to bandits and kidnappers, he also warned governors not to negotiate with criminals.
Obasanjo, however, on Wednesday when he played host to members of Tiv professionals Group (TPG) at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, Ogun State, noted that the Buhari administration and that of former President Goodluck Jonathan negotiated with kidnappers, though they deny the claims.
“The government has always paid ransom. Not only this government, even during Jonathan (administration). They paid ransom, but they deny it,” he said.
He called on the government to develop a means to deal with kidnappers and bandits as against ransom payment.
The elder statesman noted a long-lasting solution to insecurity requires a “carrot and stick” approach. Some people are still reaching out, and hoping that lives can still be saved. But a situation whereby anybody thinks paying ransom is the way out, that person is folly. He is a folly.
This is because when you pay ransom, you encourage it. But if you are not going to pay the ransom, you must have the means to deal heavily with it. You must have the stick to deal with it,” he said.
You may wish to note that Obasanjo was instrumental to the release of the 27 students abducted from the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation, Afaka, Kaduna State.
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