President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, June 10, scored the security agencies in the country high in their efforts to combat and reduce crime.
The president also assured the citizens of the country that the law enforcement agencies are capable of safeguarding the country, its people and property.
A statement from Garba Shehu, presidential spokesperson, said Buhari gave the assurances in reaction to concerns raised by a delegation of Zamfara Advocacy Group during an audience at the State House, Abuja.
The statement obtained by Legit.ng said the president noted that the military and the police have been taking drastic measures to check the activities of some local elements threatening the peace of the communities, including preventing farmers from going to their farms.
“I assure you, I get daily reports from people in the field and traditional rulers. I also meet regularly with the leadership of the security agencies, and they have been directed to deploy their personnel to secure the society,” President Buhari said.
The president also described as ‘unfortunate; the ‘failure of local leadership in intelligence- gathering’ just as he urged community and traditional leaders to monitor closely the activities of people in their domain with a view to assisting law enforcement agencies to secure the communities.
The statement said the president commended the new governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, for being proactive in addressing the security challenges, while urging royal fathers to go back to their cultural roles.
Usman Balarabe, who spoke on behalf of the delegation, congratulated President Buhari on his re-election and said the situation in Zamfara remains dire.
He cited increased attacks, deaths, injuries and displacements.
“We are here because we believe Mr President and his administration can put in place solid measures to bring about peace and security, and also mitigate the endemic poverty that has made this region one of the poorest in the world,” he said.
The statement said the delegation, which also included the wife of the governor of Kaduna state, Asia Mohammed Ahmed, and renowned journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, called for greater collaboration among stakeholders; securing the borders; and permanently situating a major military presence in the state, among other suggestions.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari, governors of the 36 states and security chiefs recently met at the presidential villa, Abuja.
Also in attendance are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the former secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha and the ex-chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari.
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