President Buhari orders military to deal with bandits

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

President Buhari addressing the officers

President Muhammadu Buhari has tasked the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly states troubled by bandits.

The Commander in Chief of the country’s Armed Forces also ordered them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.

President Buhari was speaking at 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 on Saturday.

“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.

President Buhari 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.

Providing support
The President assured the troops that the Nigerian Government would provide all the necessary support for 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 stressed.

President Buhari said the government and all officials were being sustained in office by the ordinary people, and they 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.

The President had since returned to Abuja, after celebrating the Eid-al-Adha in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State. He was there for eight days.


Mercy Chukwudiebere