President Muhammadu Buhari launched complete war on bandits wreaking havoc across the country Friday, claiming that their days are numbered. The president, in retaliation for the massacre of nearly 40 people by bandits at Goronyo market in Sokoto State on Sunday, issued a stern warning to the culprits, saying, “The clock of your final demise is ticking as you will no longer have a place to hide.”
Prior to the news of the atrocity in Sokoto State, Buhari had taken a critical look at the country’s security condition. He boasted that the military and other security forces were having more success in the fight against insecurity in the country.
The president, on the other hand, advised Nigerian journalists to write accurately on security and safety issues by substituting terms like “rising insecurity” with “declining insecurity.”
However, security personnel in Kaduna State are said to have killed ten bandits in Kwanan Bataru, Giwa Local Government Area.
In response to the killings in his state, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State called on the Nigerian Army to conduct coordinated operations in the North-West to help stamp out banditry in the region.
Buhari, in a release by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, declared, “The days of the bandits are, indeed, numbered, because the military capabilities of our forces are being boosted by the acquisition and deployment of advanced equipment.”
He said, “The bandits are living in the fool’s paradise of invincibility, but reality will soon dawn on them harder than ever before.”
Buhari added, “The bandits are currently under desperate pressures, because of the intense and sustained air and ground operations against them in their hideouts by our security forces.
“The cowardly attacks on innocent people by the bandits show a rearguard action of criminals under pressure. But they will have no place to hide and our gallant security forces will not relent in the current offensive to defeat these callous enemies of humanity.”