Take responsibility, go after terrorists, eliminate them, Buhari tells security chiefs

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the heads of military and other security agencies in the country to be alive to their callings by going after the terrorists troubling the nation and eliminate them.

The president read the Riot Act to the security agencies Monday while speaking to newsmen shortly after joining other Muslim faithful to observe the Eid prayers at the Mambila Barracks Parade Ground, Abuja, in commemoration of the Eid-el-Fitr.

Answering reporters’ questions as he returned to the State House, Abuja, after the prayers, President Buhari declared: “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 duties to know where the terrorists are and eliminate them.”

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He stressed that his administration would continue to work to make the country safe for Nigerians.

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

“We’ll continue to make the environment secure, especially when the rainy season is coming, so that farmers can go back to their farms and we wouldn’t have problem of food security,” he said.

Commenting on the forthcoming 2023 general election in the country, the president reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to free, fair and transparent process.

Asked to speak on who he would like to hand over to as president, President Buhari said: “The person that Nigerians elect.”

Earlier in his message during the Eid service, the acting Chief Imam of Mambila Barracks, Dahiru Shua Mohammed, stressed the need for genuine repentance from sin by all, love for one another, forgiveness, tolerance and constant prayers to Allah as the weapon against all adversities of life.

The cleric further emphasised that extra efforts must be made in obeying the commandments of Allah, exercising patience at all time for His sake, as well as maintaining the competition in good deeds for humanity, nature, cooperation and brotherhood.

Special prayers were also offered for an end to the various challenges bedevilling the country, peaceful 2023 elections, as well as sustainable national unity, stability and prosperity.