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Go after terrorists, eliminate them – Buhari to security heads

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…Says he’s having sleepless nights over Nigeria’s insecurity

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has charged heads of military and other security agencies in the country to rise up to their responsibilities and go after terrorists troubling the nation and eliminate them.

  He gave the charge yesterday, after joining other Muslims to observe the Eid prayers at the Mambila Barracks Parade Ground, Abuja, in commemoration of Eid-el-Fitr.

  President Buhari, while responding to questions after he returned to the Presidential Villa from the prayer ground, said his administration would continue to work to make the country safe for Nigerians, adding that it is the duty of security agencies to know terrorists’ hideouts.

  President Buhari admitted having sleepless nights over the security situation in parts of the country. He, however, promised to spare no efforts in dealing decisively and mercilessly with the criminal gangs.

  According to him, it is important to make the country safe, especially as the rains have started, noting that farmers must be assured of their safety as they return to the farms, thereby securing the country’s food production.

  “Heads of the services: Army, navy, air force, the Inspector-General of Police and so on, are very much aware of the situation. It’s their duty to know where the terrorists are and eliminate them,” he said.

  President Buhari, accompanied by some of his family members and personal aides, arrived at the prayer ground around 9:00 a.m. Others at the praying ground were members of the Federal Executive Council, security chiefs, heads of para-military

  Meanwhile, President Buhari has said efforts were ongoing to ensure the safe return of captives being held by bandits who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on March 28. He said he had directed security agencies and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to provide more regular and detailed information to families.

  The President said the government would explore every opportunity to secure the captives alive and unhurt. The Nigerian leader gave the assurance when he received some FCT residents at the State House on Sallah homage yesterday.

  He said: “Many families are in a state of fear and anxiety on account of the many captives held by terrorists against their will, including those taken away after the tragic bombing of the Abuja – Kaduna train. I have directed security agencies to ensure the quick and safe recovery of all victims of kidnapping.

   “I urge the railway management to immediately set up a situation room for the coordination of the rescue mission and for a minute by minute engagement with the families of the captives. This should ease their pain and anxiety as we push the military to find a safe return to their families. My aim is to see all those in captivity safely rescued.”

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