President Buhari hails the security agencies for exterminating a suspected criminal responsible for many killings
He says improved relations among community leaders, citizens and the security agencies will reduce the threats to lives and properties –
The president vows to ensure urgent release of the remaining Dapchi girl still being held by insurgents President Muhammadu Buhari has said security agencies need to improve their strategies of intelligence gathering, surveillance and accuracy in deployments in order to ensure that criminal activities are brought to an end across the country.
Buhari made the statement on Thursday, March 22 during an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of criminal attacks in Zamfara state. “As far as I am concerned, our security agencies have recorded some successes, but they need to do much more,” the president said in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina.
“They are not to oppress anyone, but they have to gather and send intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen. Buhari hailed the security agencies for exterminating a suspected criminal responsible for many killings in the state. “Before “Buharin-daji”, who calls himself a general, there was a criminal who killed many people and he was killed; “Buharin–daji’’ has followed him and others like them should also follow,’’ he added.
The president said improved relations among community leaders, citizens and the security agencies will reduce the threats to lives and properties. “I have come here to commiserate with you over loss of lives and properties. We will continue to do our best to improve the security situation. However, those committing atrocities live with you. “Some of these people are not reported because you don’t trust the security outfits, instead you report back to the criminals. We should give priority to security’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Buhari has said that he would ensure the release of the only Dapchi girl being held by the Boko Haram insurgents for allegedly refusing to denounce her religion. NIGERIADAILYTIMES.com reports that the president said that his heart bled when got the news that one of the girls is still being held by the insurgents while the parents of the released girls were rejoicing. In his tweet, the president said: “My heart goes out to Leah’s parents, who must watch other parents rejoice while their own daughter remains in captivity. It is my responsibility, under the Constitution of Nigeria, to protect all Nigerians—and I will always strive to do that. Leah will not be abandoned.”