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Zamfara, Kaduna killings: I am the unhappiest leader in the world – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed worries over the increasing rate of killings and kidnappings in Zamfara and Kaduna States.

Buhari said that he is the unhappiest leaders in the world in his reaction to the gruesome killings of innocent Nigerians.

He further noted that ending banditry remains a key priority of his government and he would therefore do everything possible to save the lives of Nigerians.

“How can I be happy and indifferent to the senseless killings of my fellow citizens by bandits? I am human and I understand the pains of the victims and their families who have been traumatized and impoverished by constant ransom demands by bandits,” the president said in a statement released by his spokesman Garba Shehu.

“The politicisation of tragedy reveals the darkest sides of our primitive politics. Almost every week, I summon my security chiefs to get an update on the strategies being devised to defeat these mass murderers.

“There is no issue that dominates my mind every 24 hours like security because, as an elected President, protecting the citizens of my country is one of the primary functions of my administration.

“I constantly listen to our security personnel in order to understand their problems and needs, and I have never hesitated to attend to those needs in terms of motivating and equipping them to respond effectively to our security challenges.

“It is therefore ridiculous to suggest that I am indifferent to these killings.

“I have ordered rapid and robust deployment of troops to all the areas currently under attack from bandits and we are determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated,” he said.

The president further urged communities to support the efforts of security agencies to end these wicked acts.

He expressed regrets that some communities are in partnership with these bandits at the expense of other communities which frustrates the efforts of the Federal Government.

President Buhari begged communities to immediately report suspicious movements of bandits within their areas.

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