“You have till December to crush all terrorists, bandits” – Buhari to Armed Forces
President Muhammadu Buhari mandated the armed forces to quell the gale of insecurity across the country by the end of the year. Minister of Interior, Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this in Abuja at a Joint World Press Conference.
The session, which focused on Nigeria’s effort to tackle the terrorist-induced insecurity wreaking death, destruction, and danger in the country, was moderated by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and addressed by Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi, and Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Dingyadi.
Aregbesola said the president gave the marching orders to the security chiefs to move against bandits and terrorists, stressing that they must be smoked out, while the security challenges facing the country must end by the end of the year.
Addressing the meeting, Magashi said the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway had been secured through a combined effort of the armed forces, the police, and other security agencies. His position was corroborated by Dingyadi, who added that the security situation in the country had begun to improve, in spite of the activities of some unpatriotic elements.
Magashi stated, “Let me, at this juncture, reassure this esteemed gathering and, indeed, Nigerians that the Ministry of Defence and the armed forces, in conjunction with other security agencies, remain committed and resolute in our collective efforts to facilitate federal government’s drive of guaranteeing the safety of lives and property across the country.”
“In addition, this present administration is doing everything possible to ensure the safety and security of all citizens. I, therefore, urge all Nigerians to support the Armed Forces of Nigeria in its effort towards ensuring peace and security to the nation. The Ministry of Defence is fully on top of the situation and all hands are on deck to ensure these threats are curtailed.”