President Muhammadu Buhari says he is overwhelmed by the security situation in the North-West region.
The president made the disclosure yesterday, at the palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar, in Sokoto.
The president said while the situation in the North-East and South-South has improved compared to when he assumed office, the challenges in the North-West are a different matter.
Buhari, however, said he has charged the military and other security agencies not to spare any criminal posing a threat to the peace and safety of Nigerians.
According to the President, “Every day, we are worried about what is happening in the North-West. When we came, if Nigerians are to be fair to us, they know the condition in the North-East and the South-South, but what is happening now in the North-West is what has honestly overwhelmed me.
“The same people, the same culture, killing each other, stealing each other’s property. We are going to do our best and the military and law enforcement agencies have been given a clear order that they shouldn’t spare any bandit or terrorist.
“We are going to hand over a secure country better than we inherited it”.
The president, who also commiserated with the State over the recent bandit-terrorists’ attacks, said “Nigeria shall win the battle over evil”.
Meanwhile, the president was unable to visit Zamfara State yesterday, as earlier scheduled due to inclement weather conditions. The State governor, Bello Matawalle, announced the development at a meeting with stakeholders in the state yesterday.
Buhari was billed to proceed to Zamfara from Sokoto to discuss insecurity in the State and also to commiserate with the people over the recent attacks in Anka and Bukkuyum LGAs.
The governor said Buhari’s visit has been rescheduled to next week and that a new date would be announced subsequently.
Following the cancellation of the scheduled trip, he decided to message them through video/radio broadcast.
Earlier, Buhari had commissioned a BUA cement plant in Sokoto. Among those present when the president visited Sokoto were Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto; Godwin Emefiele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN); and Abdul Samad Rabiu, Chairman of BUA Group.