President Muhammadu Buhari says insecurity in the North-West region where banditry is seen as a business venture has overwhelmed him.

“Every day, we are worried about what is happening in the north-west,” Mr Buhari lamented on Thursday. “When we came, if Nigerians are to be fair to us, they know the condition in the north-east and the south-south, but what is happening now in the north-west is what has honestly overwhelmed me.”

The president made the lamentation in Sokoto at the palace of Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of the state.

He promised that his administration will continue to do its best while directing security agencies to be brutal when dealing with the criminals.

He also vowed to hand over a secured nation to his successor when he leaves office next year.

“The same people, the same culture, killing each other, stealing each other’s property. We are going to do our best and the military and law enforcement agencies have been given a clear order that they shouldn’t spare any bandit or terrorist.

“We are going to hand over a secure country better than we inherited it,” he assured while commiserating with the state over recent banditry attacks.