Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military to be more spontaneous in restoring peace to the country, particularly in the states troubled by bandits.
The president ordered them “not to spare bandits’’ that have been killing, maiming and extorting innocent citizens.
Buhari who gave the order yesterday in Katsina while addressing 15 officers and 160 soldiers of 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 his way back to Abuja, added that the government and all officials were sustained in office by the ordinary people and, therefore, they owe the people a duty to protect their lives and property.
The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying that “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.
“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, who was flanked by Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, assured the troops that the Federal 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 dispatch. I appreciate all your efforts, but you can do more. I don’t want any bandit spared,” he repeated.
President Buhari while commending the soldiers said: “Please give my regards to your families.
The earlier you finish with the bandits, the earlier you will return and stay with your families.’’