Yesterday, before I departed for Accra, Ghana, I met with traditional rulers, community leaders, and representatives of farmers and herdsmen in Jalingo, Taraba State. It was also an opportunity to once again express my condolences to all those affected by violence, and to re-assure the State of my commitment to security.
I will be visiting Benue, Yobe, Zamfara and Rivers as well. All have witnessed unimaginable acts of violence since this year. I deeply sympathize with all who’ve lost family and loved ones. We are taking this issue very seriously, through law enforcement and peacebuilding.
Our security agencies have made progress in terms of arrests in many of the areas that have witnessed these regrettable acts of violence. We have increased deployment of personnel and resources, and the fight against illegal and unauthorized weapons has been stepped up.
In addition to law enforcement, we are also working with vulnerable local communities and their leaders. My message in Jalingo yesterday was that the Federal Government will support traditional institutions to fulfill their important roles as agents of peace and security.