- President Muhammadu Buhari says his government will mercilessly deal with armed bandits attacking communities in the country
- Buhari says as a human being, he remains one of the unhappiest persons in the world over the state of insecurity
- The president laments that some communities have decided to pitch tents with armed bandits thus endangering other areas
President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday, April 6, reassured Nigerians that ending banditry in Zamfara and other states remains a key priority of his administration.
He also promised to whatever it takes to ensure the country's security system confronts the bandits he described as public enemies with merciless determination.
A statement by Femi Adesina, his spokesperson, said the president’s reaction followed the recent spike in reported incidents of banditry and kidnappings in some parts of the country.
The statement obtained by Legit,ng said President Buhari condoled with all those affected by the unfortunate events and described himself as one of the unhappiest leaders in the world.
"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 the citizens of my country is one of the primary functions 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," the president said.
The statement added that President Buhari called on communities affected by banditry to support and cooperate with the security agencies, especially concerning the recently launched "Operation Puff Adder" to battle bandits and kidnappers.
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He expressed regret that bandits had informants within some communities adding that it is utterly reprehensible that certain communities have signed protection deals with bandits at the expense of other communities, thereby creating complications and frustrating government's intervention
The president appealed to communities to report suspicious movements of bandits into their domains within the shortest available opportunity.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari on Saturday, April 6, said that no state in Nigeria is currently under the control and influence of Boko Haram insurgent group.
It was also reported how parts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, were hit by protests on Saturday, April 6, over the alleged continued killings and abduction of residents in Zamfara state by armed bandits.
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