President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Nigerian Army to be "as ruthless as humanly possible" in the bid to ensure security.
He stated this at the Umaru Musa Yar'Adua International Airport, Katsina, which is the operational base for the Air Force's Operation Diran Mikiya, established to support ground troops to tackle banditry in Zamfara and neighbouring states.
Buhari met with military officers at the airport, before he departed Katsina for Abuja, on Saturday.
His words: "I want you to be as ruthless as humanly possible. Nigerians deserve some peace. When we came - this government - what we promised was security. The country has to be secure to be managed. Secondly, economy. The population of Nigerians - more than 60 per cent are under 30 years old. A lot of them did not get the opportunity to get educated, therefore, to secure respectable jobs. Their expectations [are] very high. The second undertaking would be to improve the economy. And the third one, to fight corruption.
"We have been doing our best and we depend a lot on you."