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Banditry: Buhari Issues New Directives To Seven Northern Governors

On Sunday, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has given seven North-West governors, including himself, the task of putting an end to banditry in the region.

Bagudu, who is also the Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, made the announcement in Birnin-Kebbi as part of a Fulani Stakeholders’ Peace, Security, and Unity Meeting.

The president’s mandate, according to the Governor, was to ensure the immediate restoration of normalcy in the region.

He emphasized that the President was fully committed to appropriately preserving the lives and property of all law-abiding and peaceful individuals.

Bagudu praised the military and other security agencies for their unwavering commitment to addressing the country’s security concerns.

He pleaded to Nigerians to be less apprehensive in confronting the enemies of peace and unity, saying: “They’re a negligible few and we should all brace the odds.

“The issue of ensuring security in the nation is a collective responsibility and as such all hands must be on deck in this direction,“ he said.

Bagudu also reaffirmed his prior commitment to spearhead the search for the Federal Government College (FGC) Birnin Yauri students and personnel who had been kidnapped.

Recall that on Thursday, June 17th, suspected bandits stormed the Unity College and kidnapped a number of professors and students.

However, about 11 of the abductees have been rescued by a military force thus far.

The governor said: “We were not elected only to stay in the office, but to do anything to safeguard lives and property of all law-abiding citizens.

“We have to do everything to guarantee peace, unity and security even to the extent of sacrificing our lives as ordained by religious scriptures.”

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