President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to be patient with him as his administration and security teams are racking their brains to come up with a lasting solution to the ongoing killings in parts of the country.
According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying this while condemning killings of many people, including a district head, in and around Gandi village in Rabah Local Government of Sokoto State by bandits.
President Buhari noted that his government would no longer tolerate violence against innocent Nigerians.
He wondered why murderers would be targeting innocent people for no just cause and threatened that any attempt to try his government’s will would be met with equal force.
In the statement, Shehu quoted Buhari as saying:
“I wish to assure all Nigerians that their security is receiving the greatest attention from this administration and there is no compromise in this commitment.
“I appeal for your patience while my security teams crack (sic) their brains to put an end to this horrendous violence.
“This wanton violence against innocent people won’t be tolerated by this government, and we are working round the clock to identify the people sponsoring these heartless attacks.
“It is curious why any group of mass murderers would be targeting and killing innocent people for no just reason.
“Make no mistake about it, my administration remains committed to security as one of its core objectives, and any attempt to test our will by any group of anarchists and troublemakers will be met with equal force.
“Identifying and defeating these callous killers is receiving priority from this administration, and we shall spare no effort in tracing the root of this evil, especially their sources of funding and arms.”
The President extended his condolences to the government, families of the victims and the people of Sokoto State at large over what he called “these incredible losses of lives at the hands of these enemies of humanity.”
He also warned that “this administration will not allow any group of barbarians and criminals hold the country hostage and destroy life without consequences.”
Buhari promised that although these hit-and-run gangs of mass murderers were using unconventional tacts, they would eventually be defeated.