President Muhammadu Buhari has spoken of the determination of his administration to rid the country of extremism as a way of eradicating violence in the country.
Speaking on Saturday morning after he received a briefing from a fact-finding team he sent to the parts of the Federal Capital territory, which came under terrorist bombings on Friday evening, the President said that for terrorism to be uprooted from the country, the society must be rid of violent extremism.
At least 13 people were killed in blasts while several others were injured.
“The defeat of Boko Haram insurgency is in sight but to remove violence and make the country safe, we must tackle the prevalence of violent extremism. In doing this, we will learn from the experience of the international community,” President Buhari assured.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as directing the security services to raise their surveillance activities to meet the challenges of a retreating, desperate terrorist army and for the general public to remain acutely aware of security in and around them. He sympathized with the families of the victims of these incidents as well the families of the more than a hundred others who were killed in similar incidents a few days ago in Borno State.
The fact-finding team visited the Kuje and Nyanya bombing sites and greeted victims of the incidents at the National Hospital and the Maitama General Hospital. They inspected the wards and mortuaries and consoled grieving family members on behalf of the President.
The fact-finding team was made up of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, the Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health and that of the Federal Capital Territory as well as the police commissioner in charge of the FCT.
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