– President Muhammadu Buhari has said he is confident the Nigerian army can curtail the excesses of herdsmen
– The Nigerian presisdent paid a visit to troops in Zamfara
-The visit was in celebration of the Nigerian Army Day Celebration
– President Buhari lamented the devastating effect of cattle rustling and insurgency on agriculture
In celebration of the 2016 Nigerian Army Day Celebration, President Muhammadu Buhari said he is optimistic that the Nigerian Army is equipped and ready to make cattle rustling, banditry, and other security threats a thing of the past in Nigeria.
President Buhari saluted by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, on the presidents visit to Zamfara.
The president gave this vote of confidence during the his visit to Gusau, Zamfara state, at the Nigerian army celebration themed: “Optimizing the Capability of the Nigerian Army to meet Contemporary Security Challenges.”
The President noted that the incessant activities of insurgents and cattle rustlers have made farming, livestock management and other economic activities more difficult in the face of the general economic challenges.
He also commended the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, for his foresight and initiative in mobilizing adequate resources to tackle cattle rustling and banditry.
The Nation reports that Buhari also applauded the Nigerian army’s collaboration with the sister services and other security agencies towards degrading and decimating the miscreants.
He said: “I am quite optimistic that the operations of the last few days will surely lead to the restoration of economic activities of surrounding communities bedeviled for some time now by the menace of cattle rustling and banditry.
“I urge you to intensify and perfect current strategies, approaches, techniques and tactics towards curtailing all forms of lawlessness across the country.
“It is quite gratifying to inspect the equipment displayed which showcased the robust capability of the Nigerian Army to ward off internal and external aggression against the nation.
“The Command Post Exercise also reminds me of the importance of staff work in the field during the civil war in the 60s and the Chadian Operations in the 80s.
“I am pleased at the dexterity, prowess and level of professionalism displayed by various components including the combat airborne jump by personnel of the Nigerian Army supported by the Nigerian Air Force.
“I am quite confident that the Nigerian Armed Forces have been amply repositioned more than ever before to resolutely confront contemporary and emerging security challenges in the country.”
Meanwhile, an inter-ministerial committee has been set up to work out modalities and fine tune the security of agro-investments and the investors.
The committee drawn from senior directors in the ministry of agriculture and interior was inaugurated today, July 12 by the ministers manning the ministries, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd).
In his short speech at the ceremony, Chief Ogbeh reiterated the federal government’s efforts to diversify the economy with emphasis on agriculture.
“We are inviting Nigerians and foreigners alike to invest in this country’s economy, particularly the agricultural sector.
If we are going to encourage investments in the sector, which will cut across the length and breadth of this country, we need to find a formula to protect them and their investments,” Ogbeh said.