Buhari: ‘I am saddened about the killings across Nigeria’
President Muhammadu Buhari says he is deeply worried about the recent killings and kidnappings taking place across the country and has vowed to deal with it decisively.
The president spoke in Port Harcourt the Rivers state capital at the 9th General Assembly of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, NCTRN, with the theme: ‘Community Policing as a Catalyst to Crime Prevention – The Role of Traditional Rulers.’
Buhari who was represented at the event by Interior Minister Lt. General Abduraham Dambazau said the upsurge in insecurity in different parts of the country has affected the nation’s development.
“I am very worried and saddened about the persistent killings and kidnappings happening in our country, especially the wastage of innocent lives in different parts of the country by whatever means it is done, particularly in Benue State.
‘’I have, therefore, directed that no effort should be spared in identifying and bringing to justice all those that are carrying out the acts. I have also directed the Chief of Army Staff to relocate to the North East to ensure that the activities of Boko Haram are stopped,” he said in his address.
In his remarks, Rivers state governor Nyesom Wike said the Benue killings have exposed the weakness of Nigeria’s centralized policing and said there was an urgent need to effect the necessary steps to bring state policing to reality.
‘’Centralized policing has failed in managing the Nigerian security situation. Central policing is out of tune; we need to effect the necessary steps to bring state policing to reality. Already, we have forwarded a bill to establish a neighborhood security corps to compliment the policing of the state,” he said.