President Muhammadu Buhari has mandated that the armed forces begin a major military operation; aimed at uprooting the terrorists.
This directive by Buhari was contained in a statement issued on Sunday, January 16; by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in Abuja.
According to the presidency, the Defence Headquarters a few days ago got the go-ahead; in which President Buhari asked the military to respond robustly to the cases of killings and kidnappings in the state; and to give effect to the strategic objectives through the use of force.
“I would like to express sincere sympathies to the government and people of the state; following recent security incidents, the President said in his message to the government and people of the State.
“The need for security to be seen as a collective responsibility of every community; noting that only through solidarity and cooperation with law enforcement agencies can Nigeria defeat the problem finally.
“The Federal Government is willing to strengthen support and cooperation with all the states. I believe that with the full cooperation of the citizens, we will surely overcome this problem,” Buhari noted.
Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on Saturday, January 15, lamented how informants have frustrated all the efforts to rid the state of banditry and criminals in the state.
Governor El-Rufai made this call while speaking at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day celebration in Kaduna.
He noted that informants living within communities in the state have been frustrating the fight against banditry.
According to El-Rufai, “The level of insecurity we face in the country, especially here in Kaduna State, is of great concern and I think that the security agencies, especially the military and the police are doing their best but we need every stakeholder in order to contribute; because the biggest problem we have is the informants that live within us.
“It is important for religious and community leaders not only to raise their advocacy but to also watch out for people that seem to be spending a lot of money without any clear means of livelihood, adding that they are probably informants of kidnappers.”