End of terrorism in sight despite Abuja blasts – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reiterated
his administration’s commitment to putting an end to
extremism and eradicating violence in the country.
According to a statement by his Senior Special
Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the
President spoke at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, after
receiving briefing from a team of government officials
he sent to carry out on-the-spot assessment of the
bomb blasts recorded in Kuje and Nyanya parts of the
Federal Capital Territory on Friday evening.
Shehu quoted the President as saying that for terrorism
to be uprooted from the country, the society must be
rid of violent extremism.
Buhari was said to have insisted that the end of
insurgency was in sight despite the latest attacks.
“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,” the President said.
Buhari was also said to have directed security agencies
to raise their surveillance activities to meet the
challenges of what he called “a retreating, desperate
terrorist army.”
He also asked members of the public to remain aware
of security in and around them.
The President sympathised with the families of the
victims of the blasts as well as the families of the more
than a hundred others who were killed in similar
incidents a few days ago in Borno State.
Members of the presidential delegation were said to
have visited the scenes of the blasts in Kuje and
Nyanya.
They were also said to have visited victims of the
incidents at the National Hospital and the Maitama
General Hospital.
They also inspected the wards and mortuaries and
consoled grieving family members on behalf of the
President.
The team was made up of the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, Mr. Babachir Lawal;
Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; 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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