President Muhammadu Buhari says he has ordered the military and police to treat bandits terrorising the North-west region of the country “in the language they understand”.
Buhari disclosed this on Thursday, during an interview on Arise TV.
He lamented the implication of bandits’ attack on farmers in the country.
“Problem in the north-west; you have people over there stealing each other’s cattle and burning each other’s villages. Like I said, we are going to treat them in the language they understand. We have given the police and the military the power to be ruthless. You watch it in a few weeks’ time there will be difference,” he said.
”Because we told them if we keep people away from their farm, we are going to starve. And the government can’t control the public. If you allow hunger, the government is going to be in trouble and we don’t want to be in trouble. We are already in enough trouble. So we warn them sooner than later you’ll see the difference.”
The statement, ”treat them in the language they understand” became controversial after Buhari made a tweet last week referencing the civil war.
Bandits have killed and kidnapped hundreds of people in the north-west and north-central parts of the country.
The armed men have also killed many farmers and sacked others from their farmlands.