Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has ordered security forces to be unsparing in dealing with terrorists wreaking havoc in the Northwest and North-central regions.
In an exclusive interview with Arise TV on Thursday, June 10, 2021, President Buhari said the terrorists must be crushed to avert food insecurity in the country.
“If we keep people away from their farms, we are going to starve and the government cannot control the public if we allow hunger … then we are going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble, we are already in enough trouble. Sooner or later, you will see the difference,” the president said.
“Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand. We are going to give the police and the military power to be ruthless and you watch it, in a few weeks time, they will be different.”
The President said youth unemployment and poverty are fuelling insecurity including the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast.
He reiterated that his government would continue to work for better security of lives as the “difference” in the activities of the security agents would be seen in the coming times.
HumAngle has extensively reported that terror groups, locally known as bandits, have been maiming, abducting people, and operating from their camps in the forests straddling Zamfara, Kaduna, and Katsina states in the Northwest, and Niger state in the North-central.
In some cases, the terrorists have made farmers quit their farms or pay certain levies to access their farms.
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