President Muhammadu Buhari has attempted to put the heart of the citizens at rest by saying that scrapping banditry is a top priority for his government.
In a statement shared by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari revealed that he would do all he can to make sure Nigeria’s security system battle these public enemies with fierce zeal.
This was a reaction to the recent increase in reported incidents of banditry and kidnappings in some parts of the country.
His words, “How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits?
I am human and I understand the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatized and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits.
The politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics. Almost every week, I summon my security chiefs to get an update on the strategies being devised to defeat these mass murderers.
There is no issue that dominates my mind every 24 hours like security, because as an elected President, protecting life and property remains primary function of my administration.
I constantly listen to our security personnel in order to understand their problems and needs, and I have never hesitated to attend to those needs in terms of motivating and equipping them to respond effectively to our security challenges.
It is therefore ridiculous to suggest that I am indifferent to these killings.
I have ordered rapid and robust deployment of troops to all the areas currently under attack from bandits and we are determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated.”
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