News by Bello Wakili

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration will use all available resources and manpower in dealing with banditry to ensure food production in this farming season.

Speaking to reporters at the State House shortly after observing the Eid prayer, marking the end of the month-long Ramadan fast, President Buhari emphatically said that the menace of bandits and kidnappers will be addressed to ensure that the nation’s food security is not threatened.

The President, who hoped for a good rainy season this year said “the law enforcement agencies are working hard to regain confidence against bandits, so that we can go back to the land. This is very important. This is what the agencies are busy doing right now. We want people to go back to the land so that we can get enough food for the country and even export.”

Explaining ongoing efforts to tackle the security situation in the country by the administration, President Buhari drew attention to the series of long meetings held in recent weeks, chaired by him, saying part of resolutions had been made public by the National Security Adviser and the others kept secret.

The President commended the National Assembly for its support, saying emphatically that “the National Assembly is cooperating very well. Within the resources available, they are certainly giving us priority on our (military) requests.”

President Buhari urged the nation’s elite to show a better appreciation of the problems facing the country and appealed to Nigerians for more understanding of the current situation in country.

The President and members of his family were joined for the Eid at the forecourt of the Villa by the President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, the Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, cabinet members and the heads of security and intelligence agencies.