President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday ordered that the Nigerian Army do all that is within their power to identify all the bandits disturbing the peace of the country and bring them to book.
The President ordered the soldiers not to spare any of the criminals as they have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.
President Buhari while addressing 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,’’ he said.
“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,’’ said Buhari.
The President who was flanked by the ruling Governor of Katsina state, Aminu Bello Masari assured the army troops the Federal Government will provide all the support needed to restore peace and order in the nation at large.
“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 said the government and all its parastatals were sustained by the general public and consequently owe the people a duty 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.