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Days of bandits, terrorists are numbered, Buhari says in Eid-El Fitr message

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President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the days of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements threatening the peace of the country are numbered.

He assured that his administration would pursue them uncompromisingly and ensure all those engaging in such acts are captured and meant to face justice.

A statement signed by Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the President made the vow in his Eid-El Fitr message in Abuja on Monday.

The President, who commiserated with victims of terrorism, kidnapping and banditry in the country, reiterated that criminals and mass murderers will never be allowed to hold the country to ransom under his government.

‘‘Their days are numbered because this administration will pursue them relentlessly and bring them to justice,” he said.

He said he was happy that 2019 general election was peaceful contrary to expectations of ‘prophets of doom’.

According to him, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) did a good job despite the initial difficulties and was worthy of commendation. He also applauded the voters for their tenacity and strong faith in the democratic process.

“Before the 2019 general elections, prophets of doom didn’t give the country a chance to conduct peaceful elections. Despite these fears, the country overcame its political challenges.

“For abandoning their businesses in order to vote, the voters had demonstrated great patriotism in coming out to exercise their civic duty.

“Let me use this opportunity once again to reassure all Nigerians that your sacrifices in voting for me won’t be in vain. I will ensure the ordinary voters feel the positive impact of government,” Buhari said.

On the end of 2019 Ramadan celebration, the President called on Muslims to always put humanity before personal interests.

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He added, “The Ramadan period is meant to reinforce us spiritually, therefore, we should use religion as an inspiration to do good at all times.

“The virtues of the Ramadan should be sustained beyond the celebration. Going back to bad ways after the Ramadan might defeat the essence of the message and lessons the fasting period was supposed to inculcate in the hearts and minds of the Muslim faithful.”

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