Give no Breathing Space to Terrorists and Criminals, Buhari Tells Security Agents


President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the military and other security agencies not to give breathing space to terrorists and criminals operating in various parts of the country.

The president gave the charge when he visited personnel of the Armed Forces and security agencies of Operation Hadin Kai at the Maimalari Cantonment, Maiduguri, Borno state, on Thursday.

Buhari spoke through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

Buhari said the war must be concluded with restoration of peace and reconstruction of all the affected areas.

According to the president, the nation owes a debt of gratitude to military men and women and security agencies currently tackling security challenges in the country, particularly those who paid the supreme price.

“I am delighted to be with you this afternoon to address you on this special occasion of my official visit to Borno State.

“I want to seize this opportunity to put it on record that our nation will forever be indebted to you for your patriotic commitment to the defence of our fatherland against insurgency and criminality.

“I therefore, commend you and remember all the personnel who have paid the supreme sacrifice in ensuring that Nigeria remains an indivisible and secure entity.

“I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of our fallen heroes and pray for the souls of the departed.

“I want to assure you that my administration will spare no effort to ensure that the widows and children of our fallen heroes are well cared for,” he said.

The president said wounded comrades would get the best medical attention towards their full recovery.

“I acknowledge your collective efforts at decimating and degrading the terrorists and reaffirming the inviolable sovereignty of our nation.

“I also wish to extol your steadfastness and untiring efforts in the face of the difficulties you experience in the Theatres of Operation.

“Your collective efforts have resulted in the relative peace being enjoyed in the region today.

“Under my watch, the Armed Forces of Nigeria have been provided a firm strategy and clear sense of direction to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

“We should not allow our adversaries the opportunity or breathing space to challenge or undermine our national interests and core values.

“The defence and security agencies should be rest assured of the Federal Government’s unalloyed commitment to winning the battle against terror and criminality,” he added.

Buhari commended the military and the security agencies for the synergy that had translated into successes in restoring peace and order.

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