In a bid to stamp out bandits from every nook and cranny of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the Nigerian Army to identify all the bandits disturbing the peace of the country, and eliminate them.
President Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba shehu, charged Soldiers not to spare Bandits, noting that, they have been killing, maiming, and extorting innocent citizens.
Addressing 15 Officers and 160 Soldiers of the 17th Army Brigade and Nigerian Air Force 213 Operational Base, in Katsina State, under the “Operation Hadarin Daji’’, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Airport, President Buhari said: “This group was formed by the Military to secure the geopolitical 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 do not think you should spare any bandit. Identify and eliminate them. Pursue them anywhere you can find them and eliminate them”, Buhari stated.
He pointed out that, “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.”
The President however, assured the troops that the Federal Government will 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 do not want any bandit spared”, he added.
President Buhari speaking further, said that the government and all Officials, are 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”, Buhari concluded.