Better late than never. This aptly applies to the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari who has finally breaks his silence on the killings and violence in the southern part of Kaduna state. President Buhari has thus ordered security agencies to take decisive measures to bring an end to the recurring acts of killings and destruction in the area.
The order is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu said that already, on the directive of President Buhari, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, was in Southern Kaduna on Saturday and Sunday to assess the situation.
He said that in addition to the conventional policemen deployed to the area, a squadron of mobile policemen had now been stationed there to ensure law and order.
The Nigerian army according to the statement, is also in the process of setting up two battalions in Southern Kaduna, while the military continues to carry out air surveillance across flash points in the area.
“President Buhari has equally directed the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to carry out a joint assessment of the situation with the sister agency in Kaduna, SEMA, to determine the level of response required for urgent aid to the victims of the violence.
“These measures should soon ensure the return of normalcy to the region, while the Kaduna state government continues its peace building efforts,’’ the statement added.
The President also condoled with the people of Southern Kaduna, who have lost loved ones in the violence.