Buhari orders N/W Govs to end banditry, insecurity

Buhari orders N/W Govs to end banditry, insecurity

Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi on Sunday, July 18, disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated seven North-West governors, including himself, to end banditry in the zone.

Bagudu, who is also the Chairman, APC Governors’ Forum, made the disclosure at the continuation of a Fulani Stakeholders’ Peace, Security and Unity Meeting held in Birnin-Kebbi.

The governor said the directive by Buhari was to ensure the urgent restoration of normalcy in the region.

He stated that Buhari was fully committed to adequately protecting the lives and property of all law abiding; as well as peaceful citizens of the country.

Bagudu acknowledged the relentless efforts of the military and the other security agencies in tackling the nation’s security challenges.

In addition, he appealed to Nigerians to be less apprehensive in confronting the enemies of peace and unity, saying;“They are a negligible few and we should all brace the odds.

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“The issue of ensuring security in the nation is a collective responsibility…As such, all hands must be on deck in this direction.”

Bagudu also reiterated his earlier pledge to lead the rescue efforts of the abducted students and staff of the Federal Government College (FGC) Birnin Yauri.

1st News recalls that suspected bandits had on Thursday, June 17 invaded the Unity College; abducting some teachers and unspecified number of students.

However, a military team has so far rescued about 11 of the abductees.

The governor said: “We were not elected only to stay in the office; but to do anything to safeguard lives and property of all law abiding citizens.

“We have to do everything to guarantee peace, unity and security; even to the extent of sacrificing our lives as ordained by religious scriptures.”

According to Bagudu, the Fulani stakeholders meeting was called to review the progress made in tackling the challenges with a view to proffering plausible solutions.

Further, he said his government had set up a steering committee to look into the issues of grazing reserves, cattle routes, as well as resolve lingering contentious issues between farmers and herders as a path to achieving lasting peace and security in the state.

 

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