We’ll make bandits, sponsor pay, Buhari vows
President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed that bandits, kidnappers and their patrons behind recent violent activities in the country will pay for their brutality with same measure of recompense under the full weight of the law.
He said his administration would use all the resources available to fight the scourge of banditry, kidnapping as well as what he described as the ‘politics of murder’.
Buhari stated this in his reaction to Friday’s killing of three students of Greenfield University, Kaduna State, who were kidnapped with others from their campus by bandits on Tuesday night.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari condemned the incident, describing it as a terror attack.
He gave strong assurances that those that think that profits can be made, either from money paid as ransom or in politics, “will suffer with equal measure of recompense under the full weight of the law for their wickedness and brutality.
“Banditry, kidnapping and the politics of murders will be fought with all the resources available to our country,” declared the President.
While commiserating with families of the victims, the President condemned politicians and religious leaders whose comments he described as further stoking the pains and anguish of the families that have had to cope with the realities of the ravaging violence.
According to him, conquering the prevailing violent acts of bandits, kidnapping and other criminal elements in the country require a concerted confrontation by the society against perpetrators.
He described as “unfortunate, the tenor of some political and religious leaders that seem to further incite and stoke the pain and anguish of mourning families who are forced to confront these atrocities.”
The President described the students as bright youngsters who were cut down by evil people in their prime.
“My thoughts are with their families in this time of grief. May their souls rest in peace,” said the President.