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President Buhari pays unannounced visit to troops, commends them for service to Nigeria

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday applauded the troops deployed against bandits, cattle rustlers and kidnappers, under Operations Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya, in Katsina and its environs.

Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, said the visit was to appreciate the troops for their efforts in keeping the peacr in the region, urging them to remain “ruthless” in the battle against bandits, criminals and kidnappers.

During the interaction, the President applauded the troops, assuring them of his continuous support as “a worthy Commander-in-Chief.”

His words: “I am here and pleased at this opportunity to address you and express my pleasure and happiness as your Commander-in-Chief on your performance on the two respective operations.

“Nigerians are looking up to you and us to secure the country. What is happening in the areas of operations are disgraceful. I’m very pleased with the way officers and men are firmly putting it down and I want you to be as ruthless as humanly possible. Nigerians deserve some peace.”

The President reminded the troops that when he was elected into office in 2015 he promised the nation security, an improved economy and a commitment to fight corruption.

“The country has to be secured to be managed…we have been doing our best and we depend a lot on you to do what is needed in the field. I do not want you to spare any cattle rustler, armed robber or any person who thinks he is above the law.

“I commend you for the job you have been doing so far and I assure you that I will continue to be a worthy Commander-in-Chief. Thank you very much and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” the President said.

In his brief to the President, Air Vice Marshall Sampson Akpasa the Air Officer Commanding Special Operations Command, NAF, said locations such as Mashema, Shinkafi, Ajia, Rafi, Shamashalle, Zurmi and Galadi in Zamfara State, previously used as staging and trading bases by the bandits have been made untenable through sustained air interdiction and armed reconnaissance.

“The air efforts in the last couple of weeks also provided close air support to ground troops on various occasions. Additionally, the Air Task Force (ATF) responded to several distress calls from sister security forces and locals by neutralising the identified massed bandits and preventing imminent attacks on villages/towns such as Yanwari and Hayin Alhaj,” Akpasa said.

Before leaving for Abuja from Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina, the President in the spirit of the Sallah celebrations, donated 5 bulls to the troops.

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