President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that there was nothing noble about banditry and criminal violence and calling on those perpetuating this heinous act to stop or face the wrath of the law of the land.
He also added that those bearing firearms without license is illegal; adding that whoever is found with such should be immediately arrested and prosecuted.
According to him, no pardon can ever be granted to persons found perpetuating violence or promoting its occurrence in any way in the country.
President Buhari who was represented by Professor Yemi Osinbajo, stated this yesterday at the graduation ceremony of Senior Executive Course (SEC) 38 of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos.
While condemning the pipeline vandalism going on in the Niger-Delta region which he said has caused the nation billions of dollars, the President said, “this act of hooliganism has far-reaching consequences on our national economy. The perpetrators of this act of vandalism are few and their motives are not necessarily alike.
“The huge degradation of the environment and the total neglect of the region (Niger Delta) due to corruption, shame policies and continuous vandalisation of facilities have led to poverty and violence.”
Buhari commended the graduates for the theme of their course which was on poverty reduction which he said was very apt, adding that the vice president has briefed him about the challenges faced by the institute which will be addressed by government based on the available resources.
On the remaining abducted Chibok girls that are still with Boko Haram, Buhari said that government is making frantic efforts to make sure that they are released safely.
On the bloody clashes between the herdsmen and farmers, he said there is evidence of infiltration of the rank and file of the herdsmen by militants involved in civil conflicts in Libya and Mali running away with proliferation of small arms in large proportion made available to Nigerian criminal elements which now lead to a breach of law and order.