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Bandits Are Common Criminals, Unlike Boko Haram And IPOB Who Have Flags, Ideologies

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Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has described armed bandits terrorising the country as common criminals.

The minister said, they are unlike Boko Haram and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who are already indoctrinated with an ideology and also hoist their own flags, questioning Nigeria’s unity.

Describing bandits further, the minister said they are just common criminals who believe in Nigeria’s unity and sovereignty, unlike Boko Haram and IPOB.

Lai Mohammed said this during an interview on TVC’s ‘This Morning’ programme, on Monday.

He said, “The difference between IPOB, Boko Haram on one side and bandits is that, while IPOB and Boko Haram are driven by ideology, a belief that they don’t want to be part Nigeria, bandits have no flags.

“Bandits have no flag. Bandits are simple criminals. There’s no difference between bandits and other criminals other than their ferocity,” the minister said. “Bandits have never said they don’t believe in Nigeria, they are just pure criminals,” he said.

The comments of the Minister came amidst growing calls for Buhari to declare bandits and killer herdsmen as terrorists.