President Muhammadu Buhari, has condemned the worsening violence in Zamfara State, that has led to the death of dozens of people, on Monday.
According to a Monday statement by his Spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari “strongly condemned the killing of innocent Nigerians, in Birnin Magaji community, in Tsafe Local Government Area and Magami community, in Faru District of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State, following attacks by suspected armed bandits.”
“These horrendous acts of violence are crimes against humanity. This violence must stop”, Shehu quoted the President as saying.
While expressing his deepest condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks in Tsafe and Maradun, as well as to the government and people of Zamfara State, the President also wished those injured speedy recovery.
Shehu also mentioned steps taken by the President to end the killings.
“The President, who has authorized an assessment trip to Zamfara and Sokoto States by the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshall Abubakar Baba Sadiq on Christmas and Boxing days, reassured residents of States plagued by armed bandits, including Zamfara, Sokoto, Kaduna, Niger and Taraba, that their safety is an enduring commitment of his administration and he will continue to ensure that security agencies work round the clock to protect local populations.
“To this end, a major operation by the Nigerian Armed Forces, Police, Department of State Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, is being considered to restore peace and stability in the region.
“President Buhari conveyed his strong support to the Nigeria Police Force, which has already deployed Special Forces in each of the local government in Zamfara State and the Defence Headquarters’ deployment of a Special Military Intervention Force comprising more than 1,000 personnel to respond to the security challenges in the North Central and North West.
“These measures, among others, will be intensified to flush out the bandits from wherever they are”, he said.
Critics of the President will however, point to the fact that Monday’s statement is not significantly different from that released in February by Mr. Buhari. Then, the President vowed to “bring the spilling of innocent blood to an end” in Zamfara.
“The perpetrators of all of these senseless attacks on innocent and defenceless Nigerians, in all parts of the country, will be made to face the full wrath of the law”, he said.