President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the security operatives to “be ruthless” against bandits terrorising the north-west region of the country.
The president disclosed this during an interview with Arise TV broadcast on Thursday.
In his words, “Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages. Like 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.”
Recall that the statement ”treat them in the language they understand” raised dust after the president tweeted referencing the civil war.
The president was addressing insurrectionists against destroying the country. However, the tweet was deleted by Twitter after many Nigerians reported it as offensive. The federal government reacted by suspending the microblogging platform.
Operations of bandits have in recent time increased on states in the north-west and in the north-central, with kidnapping and killing of citizens going higher.
Bandits are still holding over 130 students of an Islamiyya in Niger state.