President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered security agencies in the country to go after herdsmen who have waged war against communities in the country.
Buhari said on Monday night that his administration was resolved to deal decisively and expeditiously with armed herdsmen, who are being accused of killing thousands of people across the country.
He spoke at a meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), at the State House, Abuja.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said: “We are determined to secure all Nigerians and I have told the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies, in very strong terms, to deal decisively with the attackers.”
He expressed his personal condolences to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, the people of Ukpabi Nimbo and all other communities that have suffered fatalities and other losses from the recent attacks.
“We need to rebuild our institutions methodically, we need to change the way we do things.
“In the last 10 years, crude oil sold for more that $100 per barrel, but Nigeria did not save. That is why we have found ourselves where we are today,” President Buhari told the Catholic Bishops, led by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos.
The President also assured them that his administration was working very hard to fulfill all the promises it had made to Nigerians, adding that his greatest motivating factor now is the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after the closed door discussion, Kaigama said the group presented a publication on corruption to the President.
“This is a book I just presented to Mr President. Since 1960 the Nigerian Catholic Bishops have been talking against corruption and telling people to avoid it.
“It is a cancer, it is dangerous and it is a social disease. So we have compiled this to assure Mr President that we are 100 per cent with him in the fight against corruption.
“And with corruption we cannot progress, with corruption everything goes wrong, immorality takes over, retrogression instead of progression takes place.
“So, corruption is a huge obstacle that has to be dismantled,’’ he said.
The Bishop said the meeting also provided the opportunity for the Catholic Bishops to appreciate President Buhari’s genuineness and sinugxcerity to positively change the country.
According to him, the Bishop found President Buhari a sincere man with great sense of dedication who wants the best for this nation.
“We could hear our President speak with passion about this country.
“How to make this country better, how to mobilise every Nigerian to selflessly put in our best and we assured Mr President of our prayers, our moral support and our desire to cooperate. We have every hope. “We only need to be a little more patient.
“The President was able to explain to us the difficulties, the challenges, the bottlenecks that are there and we understood fully.
“So, we equally call on Nigerians to give the President a chance. He is sincere, he is dedicated, he is committed and together, we shall make wonderful progress,’’ he said.
The Catholic Bishops also highlighted other areas of collaboration with the government to include education, health care delivery and social and spiritual rejuvenation of the society. The archbishop also expressed the readiness of the CBCN to be actively engaged in the resettlement and rehabilitation of the Internally Displaced Persons in the country.
Present at the meeting were Vice-President Yemi Osinbanjo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.