President Muhammadu Buhari urged the Nigerian troops to be ruthless in the battle against bandits, criminals and kidnappers.
Buhari in Katsina on Saturday interacted with the troops deployed to tackle the activities of the herdsmen, and other criminals disturbing Zamfara and neighbouring states just before he left for Abuja.
The President who paid the unannounced visit to the troops appreciated the work of the Nigerian Air Force and the Army for the counter-offensive with the assurance of his complete support.
‘‘I am here and pleased at this opportunity to address you and express my pleasure and happiness as your Commander-in-Chief on your performance on the two respective operations.
‘‘Nigerians are looking up to you and us to secure the country. What is happening in the areas of operations is disgraceful. I’m very pleased with the way officers and men are firmly putting it down and I want you to be as ruthless as humanly possible. Nigerians deserve some peace,” he said.
Buhari assured the troops that his administration has been doing its best in addressing the electoral promise made on security in the 2015 general election.
‘‘The country has to be secured to be managed. We have been doing our best and we depend a lot on you to do what is needed in the field. I do not want you to spare any cattle rustler, armed robber or any person who thinks he is above the law.
‘‘I commend you for the job you have been doing so far and I assure you that I will continue to be a worthy Commander-in-Chief. Thank you very much and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,’’ he said.