President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in a rare presidential act, dispatched the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), to Zamfara State for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in Birane village, Zurmi Local Government Area of the state, where dozens of people were killed on Thursday.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known in a statement.
Mr. Shehu said the minister will assess the situation and immediately report back to the President who he said condemned the massacre.
Buhari had directed the nation’s security agencies to deploy operatives in the affected area and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book, he added.
The statement read, “The President commiserates with families of victims of the heinous and inhuman attacks on defenceless citizens which left many injured.
“President Buhari directs the Minister of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (retd.), to proceed immediately to the state to undertake an on-the-spot assessment of the situation and report back.
“In addition, he directs security agencies to immediately mobilise and deploy their members to the vulnerable areas of the state, and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to face the full wrath of the law.
“The President assures the Zamfara State government, victims of the mayhem and residents in the state, that the Federal Government will continue do all it takes to support security agencies to secure lives and property, not only in the affected state but all parts of the country.
“President Buhari restates his administration’s determination to put an end to the spate of senseless spilling of innocent blood in parts of the country, and calls for restraint to allow the nation’s security apparatus to stem the undesirable trend.
“The President prays that almighty God will receive the souls of the departed, and comfort their families.”
Mr. Buhari had come under intense criticism for his handling of crisis, especially the killing of 73 people recently in Benue by suspected herdsmen. Most times, he had kept mum and in the few cases he spoke, it took him days to find his voice.