President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the military and police to “be merciless” in their fight against bandits terrorizing Nigeria’s northwest region.
Buhari gave this order during an interview with Arise TV on Thursday, June 10.
This came in the wake of incessant kidnappings by banditry which had led to the displacement of a lot of people from their homes.
“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages.
“As I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand. We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.”
“Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public. If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble. We are already in enough trouble. So we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference,” Buhari said.
Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday, June 9, suspended its two-month-old nationwide strike.
The National Publicity Secretary of ASUP, Mr Abdullahi Yalwa, made the disclosure in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the suspension would take effect from Thursday (June 10).
1st News reports ASUP embarked on a nationwide strike on April 6, to press home its demands.
The union’s grievances include poor state of public polytechnics and monotechnics and non-payment of 10 months’ arrears of the new minimum wage.
The Federal Government had offered to release N15 million for revitalisation of polytechnics and monotechnics and release money for payment of the arrears of minimum wage.
Yalwa said that ASUP suspended the strike in view of the progress made in its discussions with the Federal Government.