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Government must respond fiercely to unprovoked violence against unarmed citizens – Buhari



President Muhammadu Buhari has reassured that his government would not abandon Nigerians in the face of daunting security challenges.

He gave the reassurance in a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while condemning the killing of 15 people in Goronyo and Illela local government areas of Sokoto.

Buhari, who is currently in South Africa for the official opening ceremony of the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair 2021, also warned that the ”mindless violence against innocent people cannot go unpunished.”

He said; “This persistent and unprovoked violence against unarmed civilians must be met with a fierce response by the government.

“Let me once again, reassure Nigerians, that this administration will not abandon them to their fate in the face of this existential challenge caused by banditry.”

He added; “We are taking delivery of military equipment to improve the capacity of our security forces to effectively deal with this issue.

“Our military is also deploying advanced technology to enhance surveillance and related operations to locate and crush these criminals and enemies of our common humanity.

“This administration will not tolerate this state of affairs where criminals deprive the people of their means of livelihood and turn them into beggars and refugees. The bandits are living in a fool’s paradise if they believe that they can’t be crushed. The criminals cannot be lucky always; they will ultimately meet their Waterloo. Evil cannot triumph over good no matter how long it takes.”

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