Abdulrahman Dambazau, minister of interior, has said that security measures have been put in place to ensure that lives and properties of Nigerians are secured on October 1, 2017.
Dambazau said this in Jos, Plateau state on Friday, while reacting to the quit notice issued by some northern youth against the Igbos.
“I can assure Nigerians that the security of their lives and property is guaranteed everywhere within the country by October first.
“Measures are in place with the security agencies and intelligence community, to ensure that nobody is harassed by October 1st.
“Even those that issued the quit notice have withdrawn it. On the part of government, we are doing everything to ensure that lives of citizens are protected no matter where they reside,” Dambazau said.
The minister also spoke on the widespread condemnation that has trailed the activities of the army in the south-east.
He said the Operation Python Dance II exercise of the Nigerian army in Abia state was not aimed at intimidating the people.
“I don’t know the details of that Operation Python Dance; probably the minister of defense will be in a better position to explain that. But I want to believe that the essence is not to intimidate but to ensure that law-abiding citizens are protected. And we want to assure you that nothing will be done to harass law-abiding citizens,” Dambazau said.
“Of course, it is the responsibility of government to protect the lives and property of the citizens; and we are happy that the governor of the state has done just that.”