President Muhammadu Buhari has warned politicians against raising thugs in the name of private army for self-protection.
The President, speaking in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, warned that “Nobody should be allowed to raise an army of thugs to force himself on the people. This, he added, “must be very clear.”
Speaking on the use of the police and the military, in dealing with security situations, Buhari urged Nigerians to develop confidence in civil authority to build a system “free of chaos.”
In an address at the palace of Muhammadu Isa 11, the Emir of Jama’a, Buhari said “we are making our efforts to consolidate the system for the good of the people because they matter.”
Over the years, the Nigerian political landscape has been dotted with pockets of armed political thugs used for intimidating political opponents, which the politicians end up abandoning soon after achieving their purpose.
The President underlined his resolve to consolidate the country’s political system to improve the quality of the people’s lives because “the people matter.”
He gave assurances of the determination of his administration “to hand over a better Nigeria than the one we inherited,” and urged Nigerians to be fair in their assessment of what his government has achieved especially on the campaign promises he made ahead of the 2015 elections.