Buhari meets service chiefs, urges armed forces to “deal ruthlessly” with terrorists


President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the service chiefs over the attack on a Kaduna-bound train on Monday night.

In a statement, Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, said Buhari directed the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to speedily repair the damaged lines and resume normal service without delay.

The president also reiterated the call for the armed forces to “deal ruthlessly” with terrorists, urging them not to spare anyone unlawfully wielding the AK 47 weapon.

“Additionally, the President charged the law enforcement chiefs to bring back all passengers kidnapped and ensure that each of the callous terrorists are hunted down and made to face justice for their heinous acts as no one or group should be allowed to make the country prostrate,” the statement added.

“President Buhari reiterated his earlier directive that the military should deal ruthlessly with terrorists. He asked them to be more decisive and not spare anyone unlawfully wielding the AK 47 weapon.”

“No one should be allowed to hold the country to ransom,” said the President, as quoted in the statement.

He condemned the bombing of the passenger train, describing it as a “matter of grave concern.”

According to the President, “like most Nigerians, I am deeply pained by its occurrence, the second of its type, which has resulted in the death of a yet to be determined number of passengers and others who suffered injuries.

“The attack on the train, a safe means of transport to many, is callous; and our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers for the injured,” he said.

The Kaduna-bound train derailed after explosives believed to be planted on the rail track went off close to Rigasa area of the state.

Several persons are believed to have been killed and abducted during the attack.

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