Kaduna State is undoubtedly amidst contradictory opinion on whether to negotiate with bandits or not.
On Monday, parents of the thirty-nine abducted students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization Afaka in Igabi local government area of Kaduna state have vowed to go ahead with negotiation with the bandits to secure the release of their children regardless of the stand of the state government against the position.
This is contrary to the position of the state governor, Nasir El-rufai.
The governor in a statement on Sunday has reaffirmed that bandits will not make any profit from the state, rather, they will get bullet.
In reaction to the statement of the governor, Chairman of Afaka Parents Association, Samuel Kambai on Monday said the parents are ready to go any length to get the children out of captivity, including negotiating with the bandits no matter the consequences.
“We are appealing to the government to look at it critically and help us out. Today is the 25th day that these children have been in the bush and the government by their statement are showing less concern over the issue.
“We are going to look for a way to negotiate for our children. We are not going to allow our children to continue being in the bush. We will do everything humanly possible to get them back even if we will be killed,” Sani said.
Kambai said this during a meeting at the College Premises by parents of the abducted college students.
Also, Friday Sani, whose two children were among the abducted students blamed the Kaduna State government for issuing such a warning, noting that such a statement by the government is capable of jeopardizing the release of the abducted students.
He added that the government has failed to fulfill their promises on securing the release of their children.
“We were confident that this Easter, we will celebrate it with our children but they are just relaxed.
“The promise they gave us when we met with them is not what we are seeing,” he said.