I Will Deal With Pipeline Vandals Like They Are Boko Haram –...

I Will Deal With Pipeline Vandals Like They Are Boko Haram – Buhari

By Omos Oyibode | Staff Reporter on April 14, 2016
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Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari pictured during his Al Jazeera interview in Qatar in 2016 | Al Jazeera

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his government would deal a deadly blow on pipeline vandals who are sabotaging the intentions of his administration.

He said that if they fail to desist and turn over a new leaf, his government would take a decisive action against them as it did to the Boko Haram insurgents in the North Eastern states of the country.

This is even as the United Kingdom Telegraph has lambasted President Buhari over the diversion of money meant for fighting Boko Haram to fighting political opponents in the country.

The United Kingdom is reported to have dished out 860m pounds to the Nigerian government to combat the Boko Haram menace which is responsible for massive killings and kidnappings over 200 school girls in the North East.

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But the UK is grieved that the failure of Buhari to apply the money on the mission for which it was meant, the terrorists are making wave in the country’s North East

Hence, there’s growing concern among the Western officials that the Nigerian military is failing to take effective action against the terrorists in the country.

This, the UK Telegraph said, has resulted in Boko Haram now being regarded as the world’s deadliest terrorist organization, responsible for more deaths than Isis. There are now reports that the group is trying to train kidnapped children to act as suicide bombers.

But Buhari, in a meeting with members of the Nigerian community in China, Wednesday, April 12, 2016, said, “I am aware that in the last two weeks, the national grid collapsed a number of times. I hope this message will reach the vandals and saboteurs who are blowing up pipelines and installations. We will deal with them the way we dealt with Boko Haram.”

Buhari also told the Nigerian community that when his government we came into office in 2015, Boko Haram insurgents occupied 14 Local Government Areas in the North East but, according to him, the insurgents have been routed out of these local governments and their capacity to fight as a force has been significantly degraded.

While Buhari boasts of winning the war against Boko Haram, the United Kingdom is yet to agree with him in that direction.

Nigeria’s presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu has responded to the Telegraph’s report lambasting the journalist who authored the piece saying that he sounded like the spokesman of the people that the Buhari’s government is prosecuting for alleged corruption.

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