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Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari has restated his directive to security agencies, to shoot anyone illegally seen with AK-47s and other assault weapons warning criminals that the order is still very much intact.
The President reiterated this at the handing over of security equipment by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the Lagos State Police Command during his one-day official visit to the State on Thursday.
He warned that ‘A nation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.’
He went further to state that; ‘as Commander-in-chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to rest assured that we will secure this country.
‘We will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests, and we will secure the lives of our people,’ he said.
The President told members of the Nigeria Police that as the government strives to improve their welfare and capacity, the citizens equally had expectations from them.
‘’First, let me commend the Inspector-General of Police and the entire Force for the recent efforts to restore peace to troubled parts of the country.
‘’I have charged the Inspector-General to leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the morale of his officers and men, especially in the aftermath of the mindless violence associated with the EndSARS protests, as well as, the recent spate of attacks on Police Stations in some parts of the country,’ he explained.
While commending the Lagos Governor on the newly acquired security equipment and assets, the President noted that it would go a long way in boosting the police morale and further enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.
‘This is even more touching in the light of the unwarranted violence that ensued in the wake of the EndSARS protests last October, which saw the security architecture in Lagos State being severely damaged,’ he said.
Buhari added that it was commendable that Lagos State, the Centre of Excellence, has shown a truly resilient spirit, in the face of the massive destruction it suffered last October.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK