President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest attacks by bandits in three local government areas of Katsina State that left 47 persons dead.
Reacting to the incident on Sunday, April 19; via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the president expressed sadness over the incident
Buhari, however, called on Nigerians not to despair because ”this administration is ever determined to defeat and crush these criminal elements taking advantage of the lockdown to attack their victims”.
According to him, the government will not tolerate this large scale killing of innocent people by the bandits; adding that “in line with my commitment to the security of the people, these attacks will be met with decisive force”.
The president, therefore, directed security agencies not to rest on their oars or lower their guard which will create a vacuum for the bandits to strike.
While extending his sympathies to the families of the victims; he called on the people to show more vigilance by reporting the activities of criminal elements in their midst.
Meanwhile, the Presidency has revealed why the social distancing rule was evidently absent at the burial ceremony of former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari.
This was in the wake of the outcry by Nigerians who attacked the Federal Government for defying social distance rules in order to cushion the effect of Coronavirus.
However, in a statement, a spokesperson of the Presidency; Garba Shehu revealed the crowd that attended the ceremony were not invited.
He noted that the burial was delayed in their attempt to maintain social distancing; but had to begin as more people kept coming into the cemetery.
The Presidency added that the federal government could not have invited security agents to chase the crowd away.
“Was there any invitation for the public to come for the burial? Go back to my Twitter handle and read what I posted. From 10 am, when we picked up the body at the airport; we sent a message out that the funeral will be private and that the public should please go and pray for Abba Kyari.
“We also said no condolence visits to the President and family. What can we do? Are we going to invite soldiers to flog people who came to pay their last respect to the man?
“We were trying to move people back and observe social distancing and it was delaying the funeral. We just have to do it because people are not ready to leave. What are we going to do?” he asked.