By Ayo Kehinde
President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered those he called promoters of criminality and destruction of public property to desist or face remedial crack down, warning that his government has been tolerant enough to maintain a peaceful approach in restoring order.
In a response to rising wave of attacks, especially on government facilities, in the south-eastern part of the country, Buhari said the attacks were designed to crumble his administration and it would therefore be unwise to let the deteriorating situation continue unabated, promising to deal decisively with the .
In a series of Tweets, he said:
I receive daily security reports on the attacks on critical national infrastructure, and it is very clear that those behind them want this administration to fail.
Whoever wants the destruction of the system will soon have the shock of their lives. We’ve given them enough time.”
There must be zero tolerance for all those those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection.”
His statement followed a briefing by the head of Nigeria’s electoral body, INEC, whose offices in parts of the south-east were burnt down by unknown arsonists.
Police stations have also been targeted, with many policemen killed in attacks blamed on gunmen.
Separatist groups in the region have been agitating for a breakaway state. Similar demands led to a civil war between 1967 and 1970 in which more than three million people were killed.
Warning separatists champions in the Southeast, President Buhari alluded to the Biafra war whose untold hardship he said the promoters were unfortunately unaware of.
Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian civil war.Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand.”