Buhari instructs security heads to go after terrorists and destroy them

President Muhammadu Buhari has once again urged the heads of the military and other security agencies in the country to shoulder their responsibilities and pursue and eradicate terrorists posing a threat to the country.

He delivered the charge yesterday after participating in Eid prayers at the Mambila Barracks Parade Ground in Abuja in honor of Eid-el-Fitr.


President Buhari said his administration would continue to work to make the country safe for Nigerians after returning to the Presidential Villa from the prayer ground, adding that it is the responsibility of security services to know where terrorists hide out.


President Buhari acknowledged to having sleepless nights over the country’s security condition. He promised, on the other hand, that he would spare no effort in dealing decisively and savagely with criminal gangs.


He believes it is critical to make the country safe, particularly now that the rains have begun, saying that farmers must be assured of their safety when they return to their farms, ensuring the country’s food production.


“Service chiefs, such as the Army, Navy, and Air Force, as well as the Inspector-General of Police, are well aware of the situation. “It is their responsibility to locate and execute terrorists,” he stated.


In the general elections of 2023, the President reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to a free, fair, and transparent process. “The person that Nigerians elect,” the President remarked when asked who he would like to hand over power to.


President Buhari came at the prayer area around 9:00 a.m., escorted by several of his family members and personal aides. Members of the Federal Executive Council, security leaders, commanders of paramilitary organizations, and government officials were among those who gathered at the praying place.


The two-raka’at prayer was led by Muhammad Dahey-Shuwa, the Chief Imam of the Barracks, who lectured about the significance and spiritual aspects of the just finished Ramadan fast.


Throughout the month of Ramadan, the President joined the Muslim faithful at the State House Mosque in interpreting the Qur’an (Tafsir). He had also used his evenings to host Iftar guests from all across the country (breaking of fast).


Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said in an Abuja statement that the President seized the opportunities to practice the principles that Ramadan promotes.


According to him, these include encouraging discipline and personal sacrifice, caring for and loving the less fortunate, promoting national unity, and supporting the Armed Forces in their efforts to combat terrorism and other crimes in the country.


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago, the President has attended Eid prayers outside the Presidential Villa for the first time.


In his sermon, Dahey-Shuwa also prayed for peace and stability in the country, encouraging residents to pray and support the country’s security agencies in their fight against terrorism and violent crime.


The Chief Imam of Mambila Barracks underlined the need of genuine repentance from sin, love for one another, forgiveness, tolerance, and persistent prayers to Allah as the weapon against the adversities of life in his sermon at the Eid ceremony.


The Imam was also certain that extra efforts must be made to observe Allah’s commandments, to maintain competitiveness in good actions for mankind, nature, collaboration, and brotherhood, and to exercise patience at all times for Allah’s sake.

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Special prayers were offered for an end to the country’s varied issues, peaceful elections in 2023, and long-term national unity, stability, and prosperity.


MEANWHILE, President Muhammadu Buhari has stated that efforts are still underway to ensure the safe return of captives seized by robbers who ambushed the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28. He said that he had asked security services and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to supply families with more frequent and thorough information. The President stated that the administration would look into every possibility to keep the detainees safe and alive. When he received some FCT citizens at the State House on Sallah homage yesterday, the Nigerian leader provided the guarantee.


“Many families are in a condition of worry and concern as a result of the many prisoners held against their will by terrorists, especially those taken away after the horrific bombing of the Abuja-Kaduna train,” he stated. I’ve asked security services to ensure that all kidnapping victims be found quickly and safely.


“I urge the railway management to set up a situation room as soon as possible to coordinate the rescue mission and engage with the prisoners’ relatives on a minute-by-minute basis.” As we press the military to find a safe homecoming to their families, this should alleviate their suffering and anxiety. My goal is to see that all those held in captivity are liberated safely.”


“They’re simply pushing their luck,” President Buhari added, “but this is only for a time before they’re completely smashed.”


He explained to the tourists that the enemies are employing citizens as human shields, making direct confrontation difficult.


Bandits and terrorists, unlike professional military, do not follow the rules of engagement, according to the President, and may injure hostages if attacked.


“They don’t care if their hostages are killed if they are attacked,” he claimed. It’s a sensitive situation that necessitates caution, patience, and discernment.


“Any rescue mission that ends with the death of a hostage cannot be considered a success.” The administration does not want a tragedy like this to occur. It’s a complicated situation that needs to be handled correctly.


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