President Muhammadu Buhari assured Nigerians that law enforcement agencies and security agencies in the nation are able to protect them and their property.
He gave this guarantee while responding to concerns raised by a delegation from the Zamfara Advocacy Group on Monday at the presidential village, Abuja.
Buhari said the army and police are taking drastic measures to monitor the activities of some local elements that threaten community peace, including the possibility of preventing farmers from going to their farms.
“I assure you, I get daily reports from people in the field and traditional rulers. I also meet regularly with the leadership of the security agencies, and they have been directed to deploy their personnel to secure the society,” Buhari said.
While bemoaning the failure of local leadership in intelligence-gathering, the President enjoined community and traditional leaders to monitor closely the activities of people in their domain with a view to assisting law enforcement agencies to secure the communities.
Commending the new governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, for being proactive in addressing security challenges in Zamfara, the President urged the royal fathers to go back to their cultural roles.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Usman Balarabe, while congratulating President Buhari on his re-election, said the situation in Zamfara is dire, citing increased attacks, deaths, injuries and displacements.
According to him, “We are here because we believe Mr President and his administration can put in place solid measures to bring about peace and security, and also mitigate the endemic poverty that has made this region one of the poorest in the world…”
The delegation, which also included the wife of the Governor of Kaduna State, Asia Mohammed Ahmed, and renowned journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, called for greater collaboration among stakeholders; securing of the borders; and permanently situating a major military presence in the State among other suggestions.