National Security

President Buhari fails to describe Sokoto bus burning of 30 Nigerians by bandits as terrorism

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to make light of the significance of the mass murderous campaign of some killer tribesmen, who had been categorized in the Global Terrorism Index as the fourth deadliest terrorist group in the world, by failing to describe the Tuesday mass murder by ‘bandits’ in Sokoto of 30 Nigerian travellers who were burnt down in a bus.

President Buhari said, while expressing sadness in Wednesday – a days after – over the gruesome attack on innocent traveller on Wednesday, “I am very distressed at the manner of death visited on these hapless citizens who were undertaking a legitimate journey to another part of the country.

“It shows that the evil this administration is confronting is one that requires the support and involvement of all Nigerians.

“I extend deep condolences to the families of the victims as I assure that the security agencies will continue to give their all to bring to an end the operations of these despicable people.”

However, President Buhari should know that only terrorists embark on mass murder of scores of people; bandits go pillaging and robbing.

According to a report by Reuters, “at least 30 passengers on a bus in Nigeria’s Sokoto state were burnt to death when gunmen torched it on Tuesday, police and residents said, in yet another reminder of growing insecurity in Africa’s most populous country.

“Gunmen, known locally as bandits, have in the past year carried out violent attacks targeting villagers and commuters travelling on highways and kidnapped hundreds of school children for ransom in the north of the country.

“Sanusi Abubakar, spokesman for the northwestern Sokoto state police, said the bus was carrying 24 passengers when it was set alight by armed men and that seven people had escaped with injuries and taken to hospital.
But two residents who reached the scene and helped retrieve bodies told Reuters that the bus was overloaded and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

“They counted body parts of at least 30 people, including women and children. The residents said the villagers were ambushed on a road linking the Sabon Birni local government area and the village of Gidan Bawa in Sokoto state.

“Bandits move around on motor-bikes and are known to hide in forests, where they often keep kidnapped victims while awaiting ransom payment.”