DEFENCE authorities yesterday assured Nigerians that despite the on-going strike and the violence of the Boko Haram sect, the citizens should not panic as the defence and security agencies have been directed to protect Nigerians wherever they are living. The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Haliru Bello, told journalists at the end of the wreath-laying ceremony of the Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Abuja that anyone who harasses any citizen anywhere in Nigeria “will face the full wrath of the law”.
Bello also warned that “those hoodlums who are trying to overtake the strike and turn it into a riot will be properly dealt with because that is not the intention of Labour union”. He added that only the organised Labour was leading the strike and, therefore, as they were negotiating with government, no one should take advantage of it and cause harm or inconvenience to the citizens wherever they are.
According to him, “people should not panic, security is assured in this country. Everybody should live where he is living now. Nobody has the power to ask anybody to leave. We are all Nigerians. Security services have been directed to protect Nigerians wherever they are living. Anybody who attempts to harass any Nigerian anywhere will face the full wrath of the law. The security forces are ready and they have been directed. Nigerians should remain calm and stay where they are”.