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Buhari: I won”t tolerate herdsmen, bandits” attacks

President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that his administration will not tolerate the attacks by herdsmen and other bandits.


Speaking in Lafia, Nasarawa State, on Tuesday while commissioning Comprehensive Special School,  Buhari appealed to all Nigerians to refrain from attacks. 


He assured the people of the north-central and all Nigerians that the Federal Government was working day and night to ensure peace and stability returns.



He said the government had deployed additional resources to all affected areas to maintain law and order. 

"The attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits will not be tolerated," the president stated.

He said the security agencies had standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.

The president, again, condoled and sympathised with all the affected victims of "these barbaric acts."

Thanking the people of the state for their the overwhelming  show of support and affection to him, Buhari urged them to continue to pray for the success of his administration and peace in the country.

He said he was not surprised at the warm reception accorded him, describing his visit to the state as homecoming.

He affirmed that the people of Nasarawa had always been with the CHANGE movement, since the early days of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) through All Progressives Congress.

"In 2011, the people of Nasarawa decided to vote for CHANGE, voted for the CPC in order to have a government for the people, and in 2015 they voted for continuity. Today, I am obliged to reiterate Governor Al-Makura’s proclamation that, indeed, Nasarawa State is my political home.

"Since the inauguration of His Excellency Umar Tanko Al-Makura as the Governor of Nasarawa State in May, 2011; the occasion which I attended personally, I have been following the trend of events in the State and the reports I received are that of execution of many projects," he said.

Buhari said he had during his campaign visit to Nasarawa State in 2015 noticed the transformation within Lafia metropolis. 

He said said the projects he commissioned yesterday were executed owing largely to the frugality of Governor Tanko Al-Makura in the management of the meagre resources at the disposal of the administration in the state.

He described the Lafia Comprehensive Special School as a demonstration of "our collective ambition to uplift the standard of living of all Nigerians through social investment policies. This school will cater for the deaf, the blind and other physically challenged. Indeed, this is a clear example of our inclusive policy where no child, man or woman will be left behind.

"This is a well-thought out initiative to give hope to a key segment of the society that has been ignored and neglected by the previous governments. We must help our disabled to contribute to their development and self-reliance," he said.

He said the change philosophy which precipitated the APC government would continue to idealize and identify issues critical to the nation’s socio-economic development with a view to proffering lasting solutions to them.

The president assured that he would intensify his commitment towards the realization of the cardinal objectives of his administration anchored on securing lives and property, curbing corruption and ensuring economic growth through diversification.

 He pledged that given the proximity of the Nasarawa State to the Federal Capital Territory, the Federal Government would site projects that would attract foreign investments to Nigeria, taking into cognizance the daily influx of people to the state from within and outside the country.

Buhari also assured that all ongoing strategic projects, especially the power transmission sub-stations and roads network, would be completed to further enhance the  socio-economic development of Nasarawa State and the northcentral region.