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By Adeniyi Onaara

President Muhammadu Buhari remarked on Thursday in his Duara country house in Katsina State that lingering banditry in the northwest is distressing.

Because the bandits and their victims are from the same tribe and religion, he described the scenario as deeply troubling and alarming.

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“The lingering development in the Northwest is the most astounding one because they are the same people, the same faith, but they keep on killing and stealing each other’s animals and destroying their own villages,” the President stated while hosting 12 governors and some federal MPs.

“They are the same people, they share the same religion, but they keep killing and stealing one other’s cattle and setting fire to their own communities. As a result, the Federal Government has been forced to rethink its whole security strategy, redeploying soldiers and other security elements to restore peace in the afflicted areas.”

Governors and legislators gathered in Daura to join the President in celebrating Sallah.

Atiku Bagudu, the governor of Kebbi State and the chairman of the Progress Governors’ Forum (PGF), announced on Sunday that President Muhammadu Buhari has given the seven governors of the Northwest the task of putting a stop to banditry in the region.

The President also urged intellectuals and historians to properly document his presidency for posterity, reminding Nigerians that the APC-led administration came office in 2015, when insecurity in the Northeast and South-South was at an all-time high.

Only those from the Northeast can relate their stories about how Boko Haram terrorists occupied nearly half of their local government areas, he said.

“The subsequent evolution in the Northwest is the most incredible, as people who lived together, spoke the same language, and had a common faith began murdering one another and rustling cows.

“I had to replace the security chiefs, and we had to get back to the basics of security. When you consider the scenario in terms of time and money, you’ll see what we’ve been able to accomplish.”

“It is difficult for us in our nation to get people to understand what we have gone through, but if you debate it in terms of time and resources, you will appreciate what the APC government has accomplished.

I believe we have all done our best, and we thank God for the resources and time we have. We prevailed because God aided us; else, we would have been in serious danger.

“So, I thank you very much for the visit, including those who have recently joined the party. I assure you that our intellectuals and historians will be expected to be fair to the APC-led government to examine the time and resources within which we operate so that for those who are looking for positions of excellence in the presidency and the governor not expose to know the ignorance or lack of political knowledge of the ordinary people and feed them with light.

The President demanded truth and fairness from those who would be recording the activities of his administration in the history of Nigeria after his exit from office.

He said the request to present what transpired under his administration sincerely and factually will guide the electorate in making right choices of leaders in future.

According to him, the future of Nigeria would be shaped by the diligence and honesty of those who document history and provide analysis of situations, knowing the value of what obtained in the past, and afterwards.

He warned that it will be unfortunate to mislead electorate with lies and personal bias, reiterating the need to put the larger interest of the country beyond other colourations.

The President said: “For the time remaining, and for those who have one more term in office based on the provision of the constitution, the elections are important to the parties. Intellectuals and historians should be fair to us so that those who are looking for leadership positions will not exploit the political ignorance or lack of knowledge of the people.”

House of Representative Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila alongside some federal lawmakers from across the country also visited the President.

The governors are: Aminu Bello Masari (Katsina); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Simon Lalong (Plateau); Abubakar Sani-Bello (Niger); Ben Ayade (Cross River), Abdullahi Sule (Nassarawa),  Mohammed Matawalle (Zamfara); Babaji Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) and Dave Umahi (Ebonyi).

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