President Muhammadu Buhari has sympathised and commiserated with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in eight local governments of Katsina state who were displaced by armed banditry.
Mr Buhari, who sympathised with the victims on Wednesday in Batsari Local Government Area of the state, said that the victims deserved sympathy from the government and other well-meaning Nigerians.
The president was at the camp to sympathise with the victims from Batsari, Safana, Danmusa, Kankara, Jibiya, Sabuwa, Faskari and Dandume local government areas.
“I am here to sympathise with the entire people of the state over the unfortunate incidents that have been claiming lives of innocent people,” he said.
The president said the bandits that have been killing people should not claim to be true Muslims.
“Islam did not give individuals the right to kill others without following due process in the court of law.
“The federal and states government will do everything possible to eradicate all forms of insecurity in the nation as soldiers and police have been given all the necessary support by the government.
“We are doing our best to checkmate the activities of armed bandits and insurgents in the country.”
Earlier, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State said: “We have assembled some of the victims, and their representative comprising their traditional, religious and community leader before the president.
“The communities living along the fringes of Rugu Forest across these eight LGA’s had to contend with series of recurring incidents of armed bandits,” he said.
In his remarks, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir, called on the rural people not to hoard information’s about the bandits.
Mr Kabir advised the rural people to always pass information about the armed bandits to their traditional rulers or the security agencies for action.
Eight local government areas of the state had been experiencing the activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers for the past two years.