President Muhammadu Buhari says he’s one of the unhappiest leaders in the world because of the high rate of killings and kidnapping by armed bandits in many states including Zamfara state.
Meanwhile, many concerned and aggrieved Nigerians took a protest to the presidential villa in Abuja on Saturday, because of the ceaseless killings in Zamfara.
However, according to Garba Shehu, Buhari’s senior special assistant to Buhari, the president said it was “ridiculous” for anyone to think he’s unperturbed about the sad situation in some parts of the country.
“How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits?,” Buhari asked.
“I am human and I understand the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatized and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits.
“The politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics. Almost every week, I summon my security chiefs to get an update on the strategies being devised to defeat these mass murderers.
“There is no issue that dominates my mind every 24 hours like security because, as an elected president, protecting the citizens of my country is one of the primary functions of my administration.
“I constantly listen to our security personnel in order to understand their problems and needs, and I have never hesitated to attend to those needs in terms of motivating and equipping them to respond effectively to our security challenges.
“It is, therefore, ridiculous to suggest that I am indifferent to these killings.
“I have ordered rapid and robust deployment of troops to all the areas currently under attack from bandits and we are determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated.”
Buhari further assured Nigerians that ending the activities of armed bandits is one key priority of his government.
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