Sunday Ode, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari late Monday night in Abuja ordered security agencies in the country to deal decisively and expeditiously with marauding armed Fulani herdsmen.
The presidential directive is coming against the background of reports of continued attacks and and wreaking of havoc on communities across the country by armed herdsmen,
The lates attacks by the herdsmen were recorded in Agatu and Ukpabi Nimbo in Benue and Enugu states respectively where scores of villagers fell to their superior fire power.
Buhari who spoke at a meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), emphasized that heads of national security agencies had been ordered to take all necessary action to apprehend and expose those behind the heinous attacks.
“We are determined to secure all Nigerians and I have told the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies, in very strong terms, to deal decisively with the attackers,” the President said.
President Buhari expressed his condolences to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, the people of Ukpabi Nimbo and all other communities that had suffered fatalities and other losses from the recent attacks.
Speaking further, the President assured the Bishops that he was acting methodically to implement his change agenda for the good of the country.
“We need to rebuild our institutions methodically, we need to change the way we do things.
“In the last 10 years, crude oil sold for more that $100 per barrel, but Nigeria did not save. That is why we have found ourselves where we are today,” President Buhari told the Catholic Bishops, led by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos.
Buhari assured the clerics that his administration was working very hard to fulfill all the promises it had made to Nigerians, adding that his greatest motivating factor now was the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Most Rev. Kaigama expressed the solidarity and support of the CBCN with the President.
“We are willing to collaborate with you and with your administration, in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria,” he told the President.
The bishops pledged continued prayers for Nigeria and the government, expressing their conviction that current hardships were temporary, and Nigeria would soon overcome its present difficulties.