Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to treat bandits terrorising North West Nigeria in the language they understand.
In an interview broadcast with Arise TV News on Thursday, Buhari said he has ordered the military and Police to be ruthless to bandits.
He said “Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages. Like I said , we are going to treat them in the language they understand. We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference.”
”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public. If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble. We are already in enough trouble. So we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference.”
The statement “treat them in the language they understand” has been a source of contention after Buhari used it in an address of the security upheavals in the South East.
The President had referred back to Nigeria’s Civil War and said those at the battle ground would understand better before he made the controversial remark.