On Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari, charged the military to be more spontaneous in their restoration of peace to the country.
He specifically talked about the states which are currently being troubled from activities of bandits, as he ordered the military “not to spare bandits’’ who have gone on killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.
Buhari who spoke as he was addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base in Katsina, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, said, “This group was formed by the military to secure the geo-political zone from the activities of bandits. Fundamentally, it is your responsibility to secure the country.
“As the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, I believe you are capable of doing it. I don’t think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them.’’
“Nigeria deserves peace. The rainy season is good, and we are already achieving food security, but we need peace. The money saved from food importation will be used to purchase arms for operations,’’ he said.
The President who was flanked by the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari, gave the assurance that the Federal Government will make provisions of all the support necessary for the restoration of peace in the country.
“We will give you all the right equipment so that you can deal with them with despatch. I appreciate all your efforts, but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,’’ he added.
President Buhari then said that it was the ordinary people who put the government and all officials in office and who was sustaining them, and so it is the duty of the government to protect their lives and property.
“Please give my regards to your families. The earlier you finish with the bandits, the earlier you will return and stay with your families,’’ he said.
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