President Muhammadu Buhari speaking on Saturday, April 6, reassuring Nigerians that ending banditry in Zamfara and other states remains a key priority of his administration.
He promised to do whatever it takes to ensure the country’s security ystem 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.
The President said empathetically. “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,”