President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday reiterated his administration’s commitment to rid the country of extremism and eradicating violence.
He made the remark while speaking in Abuja after he was briefed by a fact-finding team he sent to the parts of the Federal Capital Territory, which came under suicide bombings on Friday evening.
According to the president, for terrorism to be uprooted from the country, the society must be rid of violent extremism.
“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 his Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted him 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.
President Buhari sympathized with the families of the victims of the incidents 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.
The fact-finding team visited the Kuje and Nyanya bombing sites and condoled 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 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, Linus Awute and John Chukwu respectively as well as the police commissioner in charge of the FCT, Wilson Inalegwu.