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Buhari warns politicians against raising private army

President Muhammadu Buhari, Thursday in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, warned politicians against raising thugs in the name of private army for self-protection.

In an address at the palace of Muhammadu Isa 11, the Emir of Jama’a, Buhari said “we are making our efforts to consolidate the system for the good of the people because they matter.”

Speaking on the use of the police and the military, in dealing with security situations, Buhari urged Nigerians to develop confidence in civil authority to build a system “free of chaos.”

The President warned that “Nobody should be allowed to raise an army of thugs to force himself on the people. This, he added, “must be very clear.”

Over the years, the Nigerian political landscape has been dotted with pockets of armed political thugs used for intimidating political opponents, which the politicians end up abandoning soon after achieving their purpose.

The President underlined his resolve to consolidate the country’s political system to improve the quality of the people’s lives because “the people matter.”

He gave assurances of the determination of his administration “to hand over a better Nigeria than the one we inherited,” and urged Nigerians to be fair in their assessment of what his government has achieved especially on the campaign promises he made ahead of the 2015 elections.

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Buhari commended Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State for his accomplishments in the provision of infrastructure, saying: “I’m impressed by the rehabilitation of the town (Kafanchan) I have seen,” after commissioning the newly constructed Dan Haya road, Katsina road and the Emir’s Palace road in Kafanchan.

The President, who urged the residents of the area to show appreciation for the projects, also commended Muhammed Isa, the Emir, for his consolidation of peace among the diverse ethnic and religious communities of the Emirate.

In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai acknowledged the President’s investments in security in the area, noting in particular that the establishment of security outfits had paved the way for reduced attacks on people, stating categorically that Kafanchan is much safer today than it used to be.

Acknowledging the improvements in security in the area, the Emir requested for permanent bases for the Air Force and the Mobile Police, as well as the restoration of the rail services for which Kafanchan had been known.

The President was welcomed to the community by senators and members of the House of Representatives from the zone, and a large number of enthusiastic citizens who thronged the streets.

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