The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Buratai, on Sunday night warned members of the Special Forces deployed in Katsina State by the Nigerian Army to tackle banditry and that they have no excuse to fail in the assignment.
He also warned them that their loyalty was to the Federal Republic and President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that they should not associate with people who have negative tendencies.
The army chief gave the warning in Batsari on Sunday night during a special dinner he had with members of the Special Forces.
Buratai who arrived at the site where members of the Special Forces were being camped some few minutes to 9 pm on Sunday revealed that more men and ammunitions were being deployed in Katsina State to speed up the current operation against bandits.
He declared, “This type of conflict is very fluid. It is unpredictable. In this context, the best approach is to approach the adversaries with special forces.
“That is why you received special training. You know the terrain is very wide and the task challenging. But you have a very sacred responsibility to our nation to safeguard it and her people.
“You have no excuse for failure. You are professionals in your field. We are hopeful that the security challenges will soon be over. Whatever challenges you have, we shall address them.
“We are bringing additional weapons; we are bringing additional platforms and we are bringing additional men. In fact, some of the equipment has arrived in Bauchi while some are even here already. Some of you may be moved to other locations to get things right there.
“We want normalisation of activities. The President and Commander in Chief has expressed concern that farmers may not be able to go to farms this raining season because of activities of bandits but we have assured him that farmers will return to their farms very soon.
“It is the desire of the President and that of every Nigerian to have a peaceful country.
“Do not be influenced by people with negative tendencies. Your loyalty must be to the country and the Commander in Chief. Do not be distracted by negative propaganda through social media.”
General Buratai had earlier addressed Internally Displayed Persons taking refuge in the palace of the District head of Batsari, Tukur Muazu, where he assured them of ongoing efforts by the federal government to tackle banditry and other crimes in the state and in other parts of the country.