Buhari Issues Warning To Bandits
President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement released on Friday, issued a warning to bandits, stating that his government cannot be defeated by any criminal group.
BizWatch Nigeria recalls that gunmen abducted over 300 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, Talata-Mafara local government area of Zamfara on Friday.
Buhari condemned the attack, and also urged state governors to desist from offering rewards to bandits.
Here are four important messages from the president’s statement.
Buhari emphasised that the government had the capacity to deploy massive force against bandits in the villages where they operate. However, he explained that the government is restrained by the possibility of innocent villagers losing their lives, as well as to avoid a situation in which hostages might be used as human shields by the bandits.
Buhari appealed to state governments to stop rewarding bandits, as such actions will be counterproductive in the efforts to improve security. In particular, the president urged governors “to review their policy of rewarding bandits with money and vehicles, warning that the policy might boomerang disastrously”.
Buhari declared that the government will defeat any criminal group, no matter how strong. The president further warned bandits not to entertain any illusion that they are more powerful than the government.
Buhari explained that the primary objective of the government is to ensure safe rescue of abducted persons. He noted that a “hostage crisis is a complex situation that requires maximum patience in order to protect the victims from physical harm or even brutal death at the hands of their captors”.
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