President Muhammdu Buhari has said Nigerians are being unfair to him over claim that he is soft on bandits and other criminals in the country.
Buhari stated this on Friday in an interview with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
When asked to further explain his recent statement saying those attacking security personnel and government institutions in the South-east would be treated “in the language they understand”, Buhari said:
”What I mean…How can you go to police station, kill the policemen there, loot the armoury and burn the place. What do you want to achieve? To go and open the prison and allow criminals that have been tried through the legal system to set them loose on the society.
“How can government sit and allow this confusion to be perpetrated? All they need is confusion and no government can allow confusion.
“Look at the #EndSARS incident in Lagos. The previous governor of Lagos state bought two hundred buses to compliment the transportation in Lagos and he built a complex. They went and burnt them. The present governor made me an album and came to see me.
“I took the album, put it in my archives and I told him to tell the Lagosians to walk because we do not have the money. After an administration bought 200 buses, only for some people to come and burn it. I told him, let them walk”.
When asked if he means to deal with those attacking police stations with the “fire for fire approach”, he added:
“More than that. We will arrest them. What I hope is to arrest them, try them, give them very bad publicity and then jail them so that peple will know that if you misbehave, they will not get away with it.”
Reacting to claims that he is being soft on bandits and kidnappers terrorizing the north, but planning to crack down on criminal elements in the south with an iron fist, the President responded:
“They are being unfair. They should go and ask the governors of Sokoto, Zamfara and Katsina and find out how we have deployed police and the military to deal with the bandits. We are not sparing anybody.”
Watch a clip from the interview below