President Muhammadu Buhari has assured all Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) that the Federal Government is working hard to safeguard the lives of all citizens and properties in the country.
The president gave the assurance when he met with IDPs from seven local government areas at the Basari Local Government Council Secretariat, Katsina State, on Wednesday, according to a statement issued by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity.
According to the statement, the president said the Federal Government was fully aware of their plight caused as a result of banditry and other violent activities.
He stated that the government will continue to provide adequate security for all Nigerians, as that is the mandatory essence of government.
President Buhari said: “I am very sad that the consequences of these actions have brought hardship and affected the socio-economic life of our people in the localities. Agriculture, which is the mainstay of the economy and source of livelihood is worse affected.
“I would like to assure you that the Federal Government is fully aware of your situation as I receive daily reports from security agencies and the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who personally visited and briefed me on the killings and wanton destruction by the armed bandits not only in Katsina but in other states as well.
“Let me assure all and sundry that the protection of lives and property of the citizenry is the prime essence of government. We shall be focused and determined to protect our citizens.’’
President Buhari said insecurity had reached a disturbing dimension globally, noting that only local, sub-regional and regional alliances will curb the spread of violence.
The president also urged the residents to support the security agencies deployed to safeguard the area.
He also appreciated the interventions of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, and her foundation, Aliko Dangote, Dahiru Mangal, Stanbic IBTC and National Commission for Refugees and Displaced Persons for providing succour to those affected by banditry attacks.
President Buhari directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to act fast and extend support to the victims in the affected frontline local councils.
In his remark, Governor Masari expressed appreciation for the President’s visit and the quick response of the military in providing reinforcement that had drastically reduced incidents of theft, kidnapping, banditry and cattle rustling.