Buhari Gives Marching Order To Security to clear Katsina of banditry – Masari
President Muhammadu BuharI has directed security chiefs to, within the shortest time possible, route out the bandits terrorising parts of Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna states in orgies of kidnap for ransom, arson, murder and other forms of heinous banditry.
The President spoke through Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, who, in company of all security heads in the state, visited Yar Santa and Tsamiyar Jino villages in Kankara Local Government to condole and commiserate with the people over recent terrorist attacks on the communities resulting in the loss of lives and properties worth tens of millions of naira.
Condemning the activities of the bandits in strong terms, the President said the situation was unacceptable, assuring that the government is willing, ready and nadequately prepared to deal with it, and will not spare anybody, regardless of their position, found to be complicit and complacent in the activities of the criminals.
“We will not hesitate to deal appropriately with anyone found to be connected, or in anyway involved, in the activities of the bandits”.
He said peace and normalcy MUST return to the the area, as securing the lives and properties of citizens is the sole raison’ deter for government, and failure to do that is tantamount to shirking the responsibility of the oath of office.
“Be rest assured that the government will not abandon you in your hour of need, because we will take the fight to the bandits where ever they may be”.
He expressed confidence that with the renewed determination of the government and the commitment of the security agencies, it was only a matter of time before the activities of the bandits is successfully contained, the same way the Boko Haram insurgency has been contained.
The President disclosed that security had been beefed up in the affected areas recently with the deployment of additional personnel, including over 100 policemen, the launching of special military and police operations on ground and air, as well as provision of additional formal and informal logistics.
The President however, noted that security was the business of everybody, more so that there is no sufficient security personnel to be posted to every part of the country in adequate measure.
“Security and the maintenance of law and order are beyond the capacity of the men and officers of the security agencies. Therefore, there is the need for everyone, especially leaders in the society, to contribute towards ensuring the safety and security of their respective environment.
“It’s the duty of parents, religious and other opinion leaders to educate the youth and monitor their activities to ensure that such are not in conflict with the interest of the larger society”.
The President also urged members of the society to volunteer useful information that may assist the security personnel discharge their responsibilities satisfactorily.
He added that his administration would continue to interface with relevant stakeholders with a view to finding lasting peace, promising that government will render financial assistance to the families of those murdered by the bandits and those who lost their properties as a result of arson.