By Oludare Mayowa
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said his administration will address the menace of bandits and kidnappers to ensure that the nation’s food security is not threatened.
In a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president was quoted as saying that he will use all available resources and manpower in dealing with bandits to ensure that they did not create havoc against access to farms and food production in the coming growing season.
The President, who spoke to journalists after observing the Eid prayer, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast, said; “the law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence against bandits, so that we can go back to the land.”
“This is very important. This is what the agencies are busy doing right now. We want people to go back to the land so that we can get enough food for the country and even export,” the president was quoted to have said.
President Buhari said his recent series of meetings with the security council members produced some major decision which was passed as major resolutions to tackle the security threat to the country.
“With the resources and manpower available to us, we are working very hard. We are hoping Nigerians will understand the problem.
“Nigerians know at what stage we came in 2015, what state we are today both on security and the economy and we are doing our best.”
The President commended the National Assembly for its support, saying emphatically that “the National Assembly is cooperating very well. Within the resources available, they are certainly giving us priority on our (military) requests.”
President Buhari then made an appeal to the nation’s elite to show a better appreciation of the problems facing the country.
“The elite should make the attempt to understand the military. If we order for weapons and armored vehicles, it takes time for the manufacturers. It takes time to ship them and when brought here eventually, they are taken to training institutions, train the trainers before sending them to the field. This is a very long process,” the President explained.
He appealed to Nigerians for more understanding of the current situation in country.
“I expect Nigerians to be more understanding on the issues involved, looking at time and available resources. For example, when we came in, in the Northeast, ask people in Adamawa and Borno States and the South South in terms of security.
“Without security, you can’t do anything. Our big surprise and disappointment is what is happening in the Northwest and we are dealing with it,” said the President.