President Muhammadu Buhari has said his administration will treat individuals who are fomenting trouble in the country “in the language they understand”.
President Buhari said this in a series of messages on Twitter on Tuesday while reacting to the arson attacks on the offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
INEC offices have been the target of unknown gunmen and arsonists in recent months, with the total number of INEC offices attacked nationwide since the 2019 general elections risen to 42, according to Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner and Chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee.
Expressing his thoughts on the situation after meeting with the leadership of INEC at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday, President Buhari said many of the people wreaking havoc on Nigerians and the country were too young to understand the consequences of the civil war, which occurred from 1967-1970.
Recounting his experience as a soldier during the war, the president said the 30 months of warfare led to the loss of lives and the destruction of properties.
He stated that those bent on destroying the country will be degraded by the more powerful force of the state, adding that he has instructed the service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police to tackle the problems of arson and insecurity across the country.
“In the area of security, we have changed the Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General, and we are demanding that they rise fully to the challenges confronting us. There must be zero tolerance for all those those bent on destroying our country by promoting crime and insurrection!
“Many of those misbehaving today are too young to be aware of the destruction and loss of lives that occurred during the Nigerian Civil War. Those of us in the fields for 30 months, who went through the war, will treat them in the language they understand,” the president tweeted.