PHOTOS: Buhari In Zamfara While Dapchi Girls Wait
If you have been wondering why it is taking so long for President Muhammadu Buhari to meet with the returned Dapchi girls who have been flown to Abuja over 12 hours ago, this is the reason.
The President had scheduled to be in Zamfara on Thursday but did not know that the girls will be in the State House on the same day to meet with him after terrorists that held them captive dropped them off unceremoniously early on Wednesday.
While the girls waited patiently in Abuja, the President was in Zamfara State, one of the states that had witness attacks by arms bandits recently.
While in Zamfara’s capital city, Gusau, President Buhari directed security agencies to improve their strategies of intelligence gathering, surveillance and accuracy in deployments and ensure that criminal activities are brought to an end.
Accompanied by Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, in an interactive meeting with political leaders, traditional rulers, elders and victims of criminal attacks in Zamfara State, President Buhari gave an assurance to all security agencies of improved conditions of service.
"As far as I am concerned, our security agencies have recorded some successes, but they need to do much more.
"They are not to oppress anyone, but they have to gather and send intelligence and warnings when something is about to happen.
"I have come here to commiserate with you over loss of lives and properties.
"We will continue to do our best to improve the security situation.
"However, those committing atrocities live with you.
"Some of these people are not reported because you don’t trust the security outfits, instead you report back to the criminals.
"We should give priority to security," he said.
A statement by the spokesman for President Buhari, Femi Adesina, said the President warned that the ongoing war against corruption would be reinvigorated and sustained until public officers, who abused their positions, faced the wrath of the law.
He told the elders and traditional rulers that properties that had been confiscated by security outfits from some suspected corrupt public officials would be sold after the completion of court procedures.
He urged Nigerians to take advantage of the ongoing reforms in the agricultural sector, pointing out that the era of depending on petrol will one day come to an end.
On herdsmen attacks, the President said there is need to revisit and review the old grazing area arrangements that guaranteed harmonious relationship between farmers and herdsmen.