President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to Nigerians to be patient with him over the protracted killings ravaging different parts of the country.
The president appeal comes after 32 people were killed in Gandi, Rabah Local Government Area of Sokoto State by bandits on Monday.
According to report, at least 32 people, including a village head, were killed by bandits in four villages of Sokoto and Zamfara States.
Among the people killed by the attackers were the village head of Tabanni Gera, the chief Imam as well as women and children.
Although the killings occurred on Monday, they did not come to light till Wednesday because the villages attacked were in the remote parts of the states.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal in a statement called for the overhauling of the country’s security architecture, saying it had become overwhelmed by the massive violence being perpetrated by non-state actors.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari warned that his administration would not allow any group of barbarians and criminals hold the country hostage and destroy life without consequences.
He quoted the president as saying:
“I wish to assure all Nigerians that their security is receiving the greatest attention from this administration and there is no compromise in this commitment. I appeal for your patience while my security teams crack their brains to put an end to this horrendous violence,”
“We are working round the clock to identify the people sponsoring these heartless attacks,” the president reportedly said, adding: “It is curious why any group of mass murderers would be targeting and killing innocent people for no just reason.”
“Make no mistake about it, my administration remains committed to security as one of its core objectives, and any attempt to test our will by any group of anarchists and trouble makers will be met with equal force.”
According to the statement, Buhari assured Nigerians that, “Identifying and defeating these callous killers is receiving priority from this administration, and we shall spare no effort in tracing the root of this evil, especially their sources of funding and arms”.
President Buhari also promised that although the hit and run gangs of mass murderers were using unconventional tactics, they would eventually be defeated, adding that the president extended his condolences to the government, families of the victims and the people of Sokoto State at large over what he called “this incredible losses of lives at the hands of these enemies of humanity”.
“He assured that the federal government will give all possible assistance to the state in dealing with the tragic incident,” the statement added.