Saturday, 25 August 2018

PRESIDENT BUHARI ORDERS TROOPS IN KATSINA TO BE RUTHLESS WITH BANDITS


President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged military personnel deployed to Katsina State, saddled with the task of fighting bandits in Zamfara, to be "as ruthless as humanly possible" in carrying out their assignment.



The president gave the challenge when he addressed the 1000-strong military force assembled to check the menace of the bandits and other criminal elements at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport Katsina, on Saturday.

The bandits had been terrorizing innocent rural dwellers, razing down several villages and towns across the local government areas of Zamfara, and also kidnapping for ransom.

The president who had authorized the engagement by NAF in the movement and location of these bandits, expressed his satisfaction with the way and manner the soldiers were carrying out their assignment, President Buhari, said that Nigerians deserved some peace. He said:
 ‘‘Nigerians are looking up to you and us to secure the country. What is happening in the areas of operations is disgraceful.

 “I’m very pleased with the way officers and men are firmly putting it down and I want you to be as ruthless as humanly possible. Nigerians deserve some peace.

“When we came into government, what we promised was security. The country has to be secured to be managed. Secondly, on economy, more than 60 per cent of the population of Nigeria is under 30 years.
 ‘‘A lot of them did not have the opportunity to be educated to secure respective jobs; their expectations are very high. The second undertaken we made is to improve the economy and the third is to fight corruption.

 ‘‘We have been doing our best and we depend a lot on you to do what is needed in the field. I do not want you to spare any cattle rustler, armed robber or any stupid person who thinks he is above the law.

 ‘‘I commend you for the job you have been doing so far and I assure you that I will continue to be a worthy Commander-in-Chief.

President Buhari also used the opportunity to hold various family meetings with relatives in the state.


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