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President Buhari goes to Britain to see his doctor; Approves new security measures over Birnin Gwari killings

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammed Buhari will tomorrow, Tuesday undertake a four-day trip to the United Kingdom.

According to a statement by Garba Shehu,  SSAP (Media and Publicity), “in the course of the technical stop-over for aircraft maintenance in London on his way back from Washington last week, the President had a meeting with his doctor.

“The Doctor requested the President to return for a meeting which he agreed to do.”

The statement said that President Buhari will return on Saturday, May 12th.

“On his return, the President’s two-day State visit to Jigawa, which was postponed because of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s Ward Congresses will now take place on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May,” the statement pointed out.

Reacting to the killings in Birnin Gwari Local Government Area of Kaduna State, another statement by Shehu said that President Buhari has approved the establishment of a new Battalion of the Nigerian Army, as well as a new Police Area Command in the Local Government as part of measures to scale up the security response to the banditry affecting the area.

The statement said that the President strongly condemned the latest massacre of innocent Nigerians in the area.”I am deeply outraged by this unwarranted, unprovoked and reckless destruction of lives by bandits who belong to the lowest level of civilization. I feel the pains and devastation of the families of the victims, and this administration will do everything possible to ensure we defeat these enemies of humanity,” he said.

The new Army Battalion and the Police Area Command are the latest in a series of law enforcement measures to ensure more effective protection of lives and property, in and around Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara and Nasarawa States.

Last week the Nigerian Air Force took delivery of two new helicopter gunships, for deployment to parts of the country affected by banditry. A Quick Response Wing has also been established by the Nigerian Air Force in Taraba State, while a Joint Military Intervention Force is fully on ground in Benue.

President Buhari assures that security remains a priority for his government and his administration will not tolerate the persistent killing of innocent people in order to set Nigerians against one another.

According to the President, “these persistent killings are not spontaneous; there are subterranean forces with a sinister agenda to instigate war in the country for selfish purposes.”

He notes that, “Although unconventional war is particularly complicated, our security forces are making rigorous efforts to better understand these enemies with a view to decisively checkmating their evil attacks.”

President Buhari extended his condolences to the families of the victims, the government and the people of Kaduna State over this unfortunate tragedy, assuring that his government will never abandon them to their fate.

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