– Buhari says politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics.
– He says ending banditry remains a key priority of his administration.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said ending banditry remains a key priority of his administration and he would do whatever it takes to ensure the country’s security system confronts these public enemies with merciless determination.
Buhari is reacting to the recent spike in reported incidents of banditry and kidnappings in some parts of the country, with Zamfara state being in the forefront.
While condoling all those affected by the unfortunate events, President Buhari, who described himself as one of the unhappiest leaders in the world said he can’t be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of his fellow citizens by bandits.
The President in a statement by Femi Adesina, his media aide empathetically said that he understood the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatized and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits.
While noting that the politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics, Buhari said: “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.
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“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.”
He, therefore, described criticisms that he is indifferent to these killings. as ridiculous saying “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.”
President Buhari called on communities where banditry is active to support and cooperate with the security agencies, particularly the recently launched Operation Puff Adder to battle bandits and kidnappers.