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Buhari To Service Chiefs: Kill Bandits, Insurgents And Their Sponsors



President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the security chiefs to hunt down and kill bandits, Boko Haram insurgents, and their sponsors terrorising the North and the country as a whole.

Briefing State House correspondents on Tuesday, National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno, said the President gave the order during his meeting with the service chiefs at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Monguno quoted Buhari as saying that his administration would no longer accept the reign of terror unleashed on parts of the country by bandits, kidnappers, and Boko Haram insurgents.

The NSA added that the President said that the armed forces should be more proactive in tackling insecurity rather than reactionary.

Monguno said President Buhari also insisted that all the decisions approved by the National Security Council in February to ban mining activities in Zamfara and the no-fly order imposed on the state remain enforced.

He added that Buhari noted that the status quo should be maintained in Zamfara, so as to curb insecurity in the state.

Meanwhile, the governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has said the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, knows his limitations in Nigerian politics.

Speaking in an interview with the BBC Pidgin on Monday, Bello described Tinubu as a kingmaker and leader that will support a youthful politician to become president in 2023.

He added that the former Lagos governor is a smart and revered statesman who has brought up a lot of leaders in the country, adding that Tinubu would support his presidential ambition to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.

The governor added that the APC leader would rather advocate for the younger generation to take over the leadership of the country rather than the older generation to continue to be in power.

Bello, however, went philosophical when asked who will make a better president between him and Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election.

“Our national leader, Tinubu, is a revered statesman, well-respected by all, including me. I know that he is a smart mentor. He has brought up a lot of leaders in this country. He’s a wonderful kingmaker. And I know surely that he wants this country to be on auto-cruise very soon. He knows his qualities and limitations. He knows who will be able to drive this country to a successful future. He will part of those that will make a better and youthful president for this country. I believe in his judgement,” he said.

“What is happening now is so amazing. Nigerian youths, women and Nigerians across boards are calling on me to run for president in 2023. It is something I have been making consultations on. It will interest you to know that not one kobo I have given to anybody to print posters or to do anything. Youths across boards felt it is time for the younger generation to take the seat of a driver to fix Nigeria.

“So, if young Nigerians are asking me to fix this country, they have the right to make such demands. I’m pretty sure if this unity among younger Nigerians continues this way till 2023, nobody aside from God almighty will stop the youths from taking over the leadership of this country. By then, I can tell you that the journey of fixing this country has just begun.”

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