President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday called on Nigerians to desist from attacking each as a result of differences or issues concerning herdsmen and farmers, saying the federal government would not tolerate such barbaric acts.
Speaking during commissioning of a Comprehensive Special School in Lafia, Nasarawa state, the president said government was working hard to ensure peace and stability in the country, especially the troubled North-east and North-central zones.
He said additional resources have already been deployed to all the troubled parts of the country in order to bring an end to the perennial crisis, and maintain law and order. “I also want to assure the people of the north central and indeed all Nigerians that the federal government is working day night to ensure peace and stability returns. We have deployed additional resources to all the affected areas to maintain law and order.
“The attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits will not be tolerated. I appeal to all Nigerian to refrain from attacks. The security agencies have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms. I will once again express my condolences and sympathy to all the affected victims of these barbaric acts,” he said.
The President, who commissioned some projects executed by the Governor Tanko Almakura-led administration, said the change philosophy of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would continue to be the basis for solutions to the nation’s problems.
“Let me use this opportunity to stress that the Change philosophy which precipitated the APC Government will continue to idealise and identify issues that are critical to our socio-economic development with a view to proffering lasting solutions to them.
“I want to assure Nigerians that we would intensify our commitment towards the realisation of the cardinal objectives of this administration anchored on securing lives and property, curbing corruption and ensuring economic growth through diversification.
“The people of Nasarawa have always been with the Change movement, since the early days of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) through All Progressives Congress (APC). 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.
Accordingly, during my campaign visit to Nasarawa state in 2015, I noticed the transformation within Lafia metropolis,” he said.