President Muhammadu Buhari has once more underlined his administration’s commitment to addressing the country’s security issues, pledging to do everything in his power to smash the terrorists and bandits wreaking havoc in various regions of the nation.
Buhari, in a statement on Sunday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the service chiefs had been kept on their toes to ensure that banditry and terrorism were decisively dealt with.
Additionally, he shared Adamu Muazu’s sorrow at the bandits’ murder of his brother and kidnapping of his sister when Muazu served as the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) national chairman.
Buhari said he was appalled by the victim’s unfortunate murder and referred to the criminals as enemies of mankind.
“I am shocked and outraged by the story of the killing of your brother and the abduction of your sister by bandits. This double tragedy is particularly moving. I know it’s hard to cope with the weight of this tragedy in your family. I feel your pain.
“Security is my constant concern, and I have kept the service chiefs on their toes to ensure that they come up with a decisive solution to end this menace,” the President added.
He prayed to God to “forgive the soul of the deceased and grant the family fortitude to overcome this double tragedy.”
Hours after terrorists published a video showing them flogging victims of the March 28 attack on a train headed for Kaduna, and the president offered his assurance.
In the 11-minute video, the victims pleaded with the international community, including the African Union, Saudi Arabia, and the United Nations, to save them from the terrorists’ clutches. They claimed that the Nigerian government had failed to do so.
A male captive stated that the terrorists had no intention of keeping them for more than a week if the Federal Government did not meet the kidnappers’ demands.
Additionally, it was reported that the terrorists had threatened to kill the victims if the Federal Government did not comply with their demands. They further asserted that a fellow escapee from the Nigerian Correctional Centre, Kuje, Abuja, had found them again in the woods.