President Muhammadu Buhari says he is unhappy with the “senseless” killings in the country.
Buhari said this while reacting to the recent spike in activities of bandits and kidnappers in the country.
On Saturday, some protesters marched to the presidential villa in Abuja over the persistent killings in Zamfara.
Buhari, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said his mind is constantly preoccupied with the insecurity challenges in the country.
The president described as “ridiculous”, claims that he is indifferent to the incidents.
He said: “How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits?,” Buhari asked.
“I am human and I understand the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatized and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits.
“The politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics. Almost every week, I summon my security chiefs to get an update on the strategies being devised to defeat these mass murderers.
“There is no issue that dominates my mind every 24 hours like security because, as an elected president, protecting the citizens of my country is one of the primary functions of my administration.
“I constantly listen to our security personnel in order to understand their problems and needs, and I have never hesitated to attend to those needs in terms of motivating and equipping them to respond effectively to our security challenges.
“It is, therefore, ridiculous to suggest that I am indifferent to these killings.
“I have ordered rapid and robust deployment of troops to all the areas currently under attack from bandits and we are determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated.”
Buhari however, called on communities affected by banditry to support and cooperate with the security agencies, particularly the recently launched Operation Puff Adder to battle bandits and kidnappers.
The President said it was regrettable that bandits had informants within some communities and utterly reprehensible that certain communities had signed protection deals with bandits at the expense of other communities, thereby creating complications and frustrating government’s intervention
He appealed to communities to report suspicious movements of the bandits into their areas within the shortest available opportunity, especially considering the fact that “intelligence is critical to detecting, frustrating, neutralising and defeating the criminals.”