President Buhari, today paid a surprise visit to troops battling bandits and kidnappers in Zamfara and other neighbouring states, under Operations Sharan Daji and Diran Mikiya.

President Buhari who appreciated the troops during his visit, urged them to remain ‘‘ruthless’’ in the battle against the criminals. In the spirit of the Sallah celebrations, the president also donated 5 bulls to the troops.

 It was gathered that during the visit to appreciate the work of the Nigerian Armed Forces and their tremendous results that are being achieved in securing this nation and its people, President Buhari applauded officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) and the Army for the counter-offensive against bandits in Zamfara state and environs, assuring them of his full support as ‘‘a worthy Commander-in-Chief.’’

‘‘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” he said.The president who 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, urged officers and men to keep up the good work in the results achieved in dealing with banditry, kidnapping and cattle rustling in the affected states, within the short period of the operation’s existence.

‘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.

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