The Governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu, has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed seven North-West governors to end banditry in the region.
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, stated this at the continuation of a Fulani Stakeholders’ Peace, Security and Unity Meeting held in Birnin-Kebbi.
Bagudu noted that the directive of the president was to ensure the urgent restoration of normalcy in the region.
The Kebbi State Governor further stated that Buhari is committed to adequately protecting the lives and property of all law abiding and peaceful citizens of the country.
He also commended the military and other security agencies for their efforts in tackling the nation’s security challenges.
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 reiterated his earlier pledge to lead the rescue efforts of the abducted students and staff of the Federal Government College (FGC) Birnin Yauri.
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.”