President Muhammadu Buhari has finally ordered security chiefs to apprehend the marauding cattle rearers in Enugu.
Following the outrage that followed the attack on the Ukpabi Nimbo community in Enugu State on Monday leading to the deaths of scores of people, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday finally broke his silence on the rising waves of attacks by unknown cattle rearers in different parts of the country.
He ordered the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr. Solomon Arase, Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, and the Department of State Services (DSS) to fish out the herdsmen who terrorise and kill innocent Nigerians.
Buhari spoke on the directive to the security chiefs as the special guest of honour at the launch of a book, “Who Will Love My Country: Ideas for Building the Nigeria of Our Dreams”, written by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at the International Conference Centre (ICC), Abuja.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, condemned the senseless killings by the herdsmen in the strongest terms and expressed sympathy for those who lost their loved ones and property in the wicked acts.
The president, who further said he had asked the security chiefs to secure communities terrorised by the herdsmen, warned that his government would not fold its arms and allow the cruel acts to continue.
“Let me start by condemning in the strongest terms the attacks by herdsmen in Enugu State on Monday. I deeply sympathise with those who lost their lives as well as those who lost their property.
“I have directed the Chief of Army Staff and the Inspector General of Police to secure all communities under attacks by herdsmen and to go after the groups terrorising innocent people all over the country. This government will not allow these attacks to continue,” he said.
Also a statement by the president’s spokesman, Mr. Garba Shehu, said Buhari unreservedly condemned the attack on the Ukpabi Nimbo community and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation.
The statement from the presidency said ending the recent upsurge of attacks on communities by herdsmen reportedly armed with sophisticated weapons was now a priority of the Buhari administration’s agenda for enhanced national security and the Armed Forces, adding that the police have clear instructions to take all necessary actions to stop the carnage.