By Ayo Kehinde
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday restated an earlier order to security personnel to shoot at sight any person illegally wielding AK-47.
He made the statement during an address at the Nigeria Police College, Lagos during the handing over of security equipment by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the Command of the Nigeria Police In Lagos State during his one-day official visit to the State.
The President who he later commissioned security equipment in the company of Speaker of the House of Representation, Femi Gbajabiamila, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Ogun and Ekiti state counterparts, Dapo Abiodun and Kayode Fayemi, praised Lagos State for investing in security to keep the commercial nerve of the country safe for business and its people
President Buhari warned that ‘‘a nation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.’’
‘‘As Commander-in-chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to rest assured that we will secure this country.
‘‘We will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests, and we will secure the lives of our people.”
He vowed that his administration will act firmly and decisively ‘‘against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel.’’
The President commended Lagos State government for its effort to rebuild the parts of the start that were destroyed during the #EndSARS protest, adding that it was a testimony to its resilience that it had taken the destruction in its stride.
‘‘You did not allow yourselves to be deterred by the severe setback; instead you have bounced back and are now boldly rebuilding the confidence of residents and investors in the State.
‘‘I acknowledge the initiative taken to kick-start the rebuilding process, through the establishment of the Lagos State Rebuild Trust Fund, and through this very laudable effort by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund. I enjoin other State Governments to emulate your bold, proactive and resourceful initiative,’’ he said.
He told the police the government was determined improve their welfare and capacity and commended the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba and his team for their effort to restore peace and a security in the land
‘‘First let me commend the Inspector-General of Police and the entire Force for the recent efforts to restore peace to troubled parts of the country.
‘‘I have charged the Inspector-General to leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the morale of his officers and men, especially in the aftermath of the mindless violence associated with the EndSARS protests, as well as the recent spate of attacks on Police Stations in some parts of the country,” he said.