Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting
Perhaps for the umpteenth time, President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abakaliki, reiterated the need for security agents to hunt after bearers of AK-47 in any part of the country, warning that no one has the right to bear such arm.
He gave the charge on Friday at Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, while reacting to the bloodletting and wanton killing of security agents and their facilities in the South East of the country.
He pledged that the Federal Government would deploy its full strength to protect innocent and hardworking Nigerians from faceless terrorists and those causing a breakdown of law and order in the region.
Buhari insisted that anyone, apart from security agents, seen in any part of the country armed with AK-47 was a threat to the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.
Stonix News reports that the warning is coming a few days after the gruesome murder of an army couple by bandits allegedly sympathetic to the agitations of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The Nigerian Army had alleged that its officers were beheaded by IPOB after their wedding in Imo State.
Speaking at the meeting with South-East leaders, during his two-day State visit to Ebonyi, the President expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the region.
He reiterated his directive to security agencies to ‘‘flush out’’ those perpetrating violence in the land.
In a statement by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, on Friday, the president says ‘‘I must register my deep and grave concern with regards to the deteriorating state of security affairs in this region.
‘‘In the last 48 hours, I have been informed of the latest in the round of brutal actions carried out by gun-wielding terrorists, who prey on innocent and hardworking citizens, unfortunately, these barbaric acts were visited upon those who have committed their lives to protect their fellow citizens.”
The President paid glowing tributes to members of the Nigerian Armed Forces who recently lost their lives in the region.
“There are many that fit this profile and the government owes them that obligation to protect lives and property.
‘‘I will once again repeat, no one has the right to carry an AK-47, and anyone seen in any part of the country doing so and is not a law enforcement officer is a threat to our peaceful coexistence and should be treated as such,’’ he said.