👤 Uthman Muhammed, DENISAURUS News
The Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the “tragic situation” in Zamfara State should not be “politiczed.”
In a tweet that appeared hours after a protest took place at the Nigerian High Commission in the UK over the activities of armed bandits in the North Western State, President Buhari, 76, said everything would be done to tackle the “security challenges.”
The people of Zamfara state have witnessed an increase number of kidnapping and killings over the past week. On Tuesday, reports shows that over 50 people were killed in the state.
At the High Commission in London, demonstrators said they were “concerned with the deteriorating security situation” in the state Governed by Abdulazziz Yari, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The demonstrators armed with a petition seen by DENISAURUS News who say they the insecurity did not start with this administration, are calling on the President to “proclaim a State of Emergency in the State under Section 305 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
At a subsequent protest in Abuja, Kadaria Ahmed a journalist who grew up in Zamfara lamented the challenge of security situation all over the country.
She said: “We have the challenge of security situation all over the country, but that of Zamfara is clearly bad. We are tired of mass burials and that is why we are calling on PMB to intervene.
“Nobody is talking of these killings now among our leaders, and this is apparently disgusting. This issue involves lives and people deserve to be safe wherever they live in this country.”
But, the President in his reaction stated that he was determined to tackle the challenges facing the state.
“It is ridiculous and unfair to suggest that I am not concerned about the situation in Zamfara, or doing anything about it. Ensuring the protection of the people of Nigeria is one of my primary responsibilities and functions. No other issue dominates my attention as much,” he wrote.
“We are fully determined to tackle this challenge ferociously until these remorseless killers are crushed and utterly defeated. We have deployed security agents to all the areas currently under attack, and we are constantly fine-tuning and escalating our security strategy.
“I am constantly in touch with the security chiefs, and receive regular briefings on the situation in Zamfara and across the country. Let me assure that we will continue to do everything to motivate and equip them to respond effectively to all our security challenges.
“I want to appeal to Nigerians that we should not politicize this tragic situation in Zamfara. How can I be indifferent to the senseless killings and kidnapping of my fellow citizens by bandits, and the deep trauma and impoverishment that these attacks inflict on them?”