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President Muhammadu Buhari shaking hands with Rev Mathew Kukah when he received a contingent of Nigerian Catholic Bishops at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, May 2, 2016. PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

President Muhammadu Buhari shaking hands with Rev Mathew Kukah when the President received a contingent of Nigerian Catholic Bishops at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday, May 2, 2016. PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s resolve to deal decisively and expeditiously with reported cases of continued attacks on communities across the country by armed herdsmen.

The president spoke on Monday night at a meeting with members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) held in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, said that President Buhari confirmed that heads of national security agencies had been ordered to take all necessary action to apprehend and expose those behind the heinous attacks.

“We are determined to secure all Nigerians and I have told the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies, in very strong terms, to deal decisively with the attackers,’’ he said.

The President expressed his personal condolences to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, the people of Ukpabi Nimbo and all other communities that had suffered fatalities and other losses from the recent attacks.

Speaking on other national issues, the statement quoted the President as assuring the Bishops that he was acting with deliberation and moving methodically to implement his Change Agenda for the good of the country.

“We need to rebuild our institutions methodically, we need to change the way we do things. In the last 10 years, crude oil sold for more that $100 per barrel, but Nigeria did not save.

“That is why we have found ourselves where we are today,’’ President Buhari told the Catholic Bishops, led by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos.”

The President assured them that his administration was working very hard to fulfill all the promises it had made to Nigerians.

According to him, his greatest motivating factor now is the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.

On behalf of the bishops, Kaigama expressed the solidarity of the CBCN with the President.

“We are willing to collaborate with you and with your administration, in which we see hope for a greater Nigeria,’’ he said.”

The bishops pledged continued prayers for Nigeria and the government, expressing their conviction that “current hardships are temporary, and Nigeria will soon overcome its present difficulties’’.


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