President Buhari has charged the 36 state governors to work more with traditional rulers and community members to improve on local intelligence gathering that will help improve the work of security agencies in the country. He also gave assurances that the country’s military will continue to get the support they needed to fight criminals
Buhari made this known in Abuja on Tuesday during his concluding part of the meeting with the governors, noting that security is important and he must do everything possible to secure the whole country.
“I am not going to the public to speak about the vehicles and equipment we have ordered. What I can say is that the military received armoured cars and other equipment and they are training the trainers. More of such equipment, including military aircraft, will come in.’’
Speaking on the issue of banditry and kidnapping ravaging each of the geo-political zones, President Buhari said “security is important and we must secure the whole country. We are thinking very hard on the issue of kidnapping. We will make it possible for the military to get to the bandits and kidnappers and eliminate them.’’
He explained that the closure of the nation’s land borders was partly an attempt to control the smuggling of weapons and drugs.
“Now that the message has sunk in with our neighbours, we are looking into reopening the borders as soon as possible.’’
Regarding the #EndSARS protest, Buhari stated that his government is not stopping anyone from protesting but frowns at the issues of the protest being hijacked by hoodlums to cause mayhem and destroy private and public property.
On that, President Buhari sounded a strong warning about reoccurrence, saying that no responsible government will allow that to happen.
“We do not stop anyone from demonstrating, but you don’t set up roadblocks and smashing windscreens. Which government will allow that?’’
Buhari, however, chided the foreign press coverage of the #EndSARS protest for not being balanced in their analysis of what transpired. He specifically cited the CNN and BBC, for not including the number of policemen killed, police stations that were razed, and the prisons that were thrown open for inmates to escape.
“I was disgusted by the coverage, which did not give attention to the policemen that were killed, the stations that were burnt, and prisons that were opened. (They said we are all at fault. We don’t have the sympathy of anyone. We are on our own).’’
President Buhari said violent demonstrations will no longer be allowed, adding: “democracy does not mean confusion or lack of accountability.’’
On the continuous pipeline vandalisation in the country, Mr. President said, “every day I get situation reports about illegal refineries and the blowing up of pipelines. You must stop local rogues from sabotaging oil installations.’’
Addressing the eight-month-long strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the President said lecturers had not taken into consideration the larger challenges facing the country.
“Government conceded something. The problem is that they refused to look at the problem of the whole country. The Minister of Labour is working hard at it. It is amazing how ASUU will stay out of classrooms for so long. There’s a need for our elites to understand the challenges facing the country.’’
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