President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Lafia, Nasarawa State, directed security operatives across the country to arrest and prosecute anybody found carrying illegal arms and ammunition.
He said his administration would not tolerate further attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits.
Buhari gave the directive at the inauguration of the Comprehensive Special School in Lafia, Nasarawa State, during his one-day visit to the state.
The President assured Nigerians that the Federal Government was working hard to ensure peace and stability across the country.
Buhari said, “I also want to assure the people of the North-Central and indeed all Nigerians that the Federal Government is working day and night to ensure that peace and stability return.
“We have deployed additional resources to all the affected areas to maintain law and order. The attacks by suspected herdsmen and other bandits will not be tolerated.
“I appeal to all Nigerians to refrain from attacks. The security agencies have standing instructions to arrest and prosecute any and all persons found with illegal arms.”
He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the success of his administration and peace.
Buhari, who said he was overwhelmed by the warm reception accorded him in the state, noted, “People of Nasarawa have always been with the change movement since the early days of the Congress for Progressive Change through the All Progressives Congress.
“In 2011, the people of Nasarawa decided to vote for change, voted for the CPC in order to have a government for the people and in 2015, they voted for continuity.
“Today, I am obliged to reiterate Governor Al-Makura’s proclamation that, indeed, Nasarawa State is my political home.”
The President said since the inauguration of Tanko Al-Makura as the governor of the state in May 2011, he had been following the trend of events in the state, especially the execution of projects.
He described the Lafia Comprehensive Special School as a demonstration of collective ambition to uplift the standard of living of all Nigerians through social investment policies.
He added, “This school will cater for the deaf, the blind and the other physically-challenged people. Indeed, this is a clear example of our inclusive policy where no child, man or woman will be left behind.
“This is a well thought out initiative to give hope to a key segment of the society that has been ignored and neglected by the previous governments. We must help our disabled people by contributing to their development and self-reliance.
“Let me use this opportunity to stress that the change philosophy which precipitated the APC government will continue to idealise and identify issues that are critical to our socio-economic development with a view to proffering lasting solutions to them.”