Why we can’t attack terrorist location with force – Presidency

The Presidency have given reasons locations of terrorists can’t be bombarded by the military, saying due thought should be given to hostages in captivity of the hoodlums.

Responding to the threat by the terrorists to abduct President Muhammadu Buhari, the Presidency in a statement released by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, saw that the utilization of propaganda and violence by terrorists isn’t new.

It kept up with that the Nigerian security forces are neither clueless nor vulnerable however can’t show their strategies to deal with the threats in public.


The statement read: “Terrorist activity using propaganda and the use of violence to force governments to accept or submit to political demands is not new all over world. The country’s security and defense forces are not clueless or helpless. They have their plans and ways of doing things which they will not display in the media.

“The dilemmas in dealing with the specific case of train terrorists are manifold: punitive action like the popular call for carpet bombing of the known locations may assuage the desire of an angry public for revenge, but what about the hostages? They have committed no offense. All they did was to board a train.

“It suffices to say that the security forces are not relenting. They are acutely aware of their duties, responsibilities, and what the nation expects of them. Whenever they embark upon those actions, they expect that the public should provide them with the needed support.”

“Terrorism is a global scourge that must be fought by all actors- the military, the civilian population, and the communication service providers. This is the only way safe havens of terrorists are eliminated in every part of the world.”

Earlier, the terrorists, who abducted the passengers of Kaduna-Abuja train, had promised to kidnap President Buhari and the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai if their requests are not met soon.

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