The cold blooded murder of about 51 persons in Kaduna villages has further deepened the pain of Nigerians and reinforced the imperative and urgency of reinvigorating the security architecture in the country.
The senseless killings by armed bandits took place in Igabi and Giwa Local Government Areas of Kaduna State. The affected villages are Kerawa, Rago, Marina, Zariyawa, Hashimawa, Gidan Musa Saidu, Unguwar Barau and Kadage.
I condemn these gruesome killings in the strongest terms. They are crimes against humanity and must not go unpunished. The security agencies must go to any length to ensure that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes are brought to book.
My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. You are not alone in these trying times. We share in your pains and will be by your side as we collectively try to overcome these bitter and harrowing experience.
I salute the men and women of the Nigerian Airforce and other security forces who engaged the murderous bandits and curtailed the level of destruction to the affected villages. Your exemplary acts and patriotism are deeply appreciated.
I will work with the Kaduna State Government, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and humanitarian organizations to ensure that life saving assistance is provided to displaced persons in the affected villages.
I must however reiterate my earlier position that we need to rejig the security architecture in the country to be able to cope with the challenges of insecurity confronting our dear country. It is clear to every discerning Nigerian that our strategies and tactics are ineffective. The time to infuse new ideas and personnel is NOW.
Nigerian communities must also take more than a passing interest in their own security. Vigilance Groups must be established in our communities. They can assist security agencies with intelligence to nip in the bud planned attacks against communities.