President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night restated his administration’s resolve to “deal decisively and expeditiously” with frequent attacks by herdsmen, the Presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.
“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 at a meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), according to the statement by his spokesman Femi Adesina.
Mr. Buhari confirmed that heads of national security agencies have been ordered to take all necessary action to apprehend and expose those behind the heinous attacks, Adesina said.
Speaking on other national issues, the President assured the Bishops that he was acting with deliberation and moving 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.
The President assured them that his administration was working very hard to fulfill all the promises it had made to Nigerians, adding that his greatest motivating factor now is the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.
On behalf of the bishops, Most Rev. Kaigama expressed the solidarity 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, Adesina added, pledged continued prayers for Nigeria and the government, and expressed their conviction that current hardships are temporary, and Nigeria will soon overcome its present difficulties.
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