Buhari: We’ll tackle those attacking security personnel, wielding AK-47s



Buhari: We’ll tackle those attacking security personnel, wielding AK-47s

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari said his directive to security agencies to shoot any person or persons found unlawfully wielding AK-47s and other assault weapons remains in effect.

The president also pledged that his administration would act with firmness and determination “against all those found attacking our police force and other security personnel.”

President’s spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement that Buhari spoke in Lagos on Thursday during the handover of security equipment by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the Southwest State Police Command.

The statement quoted Buhari as saying that any nation that turned its police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction was certainly on the path to self-destruction.

“As Commander-in-Chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we face, I want Nigerians to be assured that we will secure this country.

“We will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities and our forests. We will secure the lives of our people, ” he added.

The president told members of the Nigerian police that the government will strive to improve their well-being and abilities, but added that citizens also expect them.

“First of all, let me congratulate the Inspector General of Police and the Force as a whole on recent efforts to restore peace to the troubled areas of the country.

“I have instructed the Inspector General to do everything possible to rebuild the morale of his officers and men, especially in the wake of the senseless violence associated with the EndSARS protests, as well as the recent wave of attacks against police stations in parts of the country. “

While commending the Governor of Lagos for the provision of security equipment and assets, the President noted that this would go a long way in boosting police morale and further strengthening the capacity to fight crime and criminality.

“This is even more touching in light of the unwarranted violence that followed following the ENDSARS protests last October in which the security architecture in Lagos State was severely damaged,” he said. -he declares.

The President added that it was commendable that Lagos State, the Center of Excellence, had shown a true spirit of resilience in the face of the massive destruction it suffered last October.

He said, “You have not been deterred by the serious setback; on the contrary, you have bounced back and already daringly restored the confidence of residents and investors in the state.

“I recognize the initiative taken to launch the reconstruction process, through the establishment of the Lagos State Reconstruction Trust Fund and through this very laudable effort of the Security Trust Fund of Lagos State.

“I call on other state governments to emulate your bold, proactive and resourceful initiative. “

The President also reiterated that the government takes its constitutional oath to protect the life and property of the Nigerian people very seriously.

According to him, his administration realizes that lasting security is a necessary basis for business, investment and true prosperity.

Buhari said that no federal government since 1999 has been as committed as its administration to reforming and repositioning the Nigerian police force and the national police architecture.

“In 2019, I promulgated the law establishing the Nigeria Police Trust Fund, the first in the history of the Force, to provide secured funding to support the welfare, logistics and equipment of the Force. the police.

“In 2020, I approved the Nigerian Police Act Amendment Bill, which was originally enacted in 1943.

“This new law, a great improvement over the old one, among others, sets out the modalities for the implementation of a national community policing program in Nigeria.

“This new program will build confidence in our local communities and make them active players in the safety and security of their environment.

“We are currently recruiting 10,000 police officers to strengthen our personnel capacities across the country.

“In addition to that, I have asked the National Wages, Incomes and Wages Commission to conduct an upward review of police salaries and benefits,” he said. (NAA)


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