The Nigerian government says all 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory will be treated equally while tackling security and socio-economic challenges facing the country.

This was made clear by Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a report by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Shehu was reacting to Tuesday’s Senate resolution calling on the Federal Government to include Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Sokoto and Kebbi States in the military operations against bandits.

The President had on May 17 via a statement by Shehu in Abuja authorised a major military operation to sweep bandits and kidnappers out of Katsina State.

“A major proactive operation by Special Forces, which details are being kept secret, is now in progress to replace the reactive strikes against insurgent camps.

“To give a full effect to the exercise, a planning team is already in the state, selecting targets and making preparations for the execution of the ‘unprecedented’ operation,” Garba Shehu said.

The Senate at plenary on Tuesday commended President Buhari for his recent directive to launch a military offensive against bandits in Katsina State which followed a motion considered on the need to integrate adjoining states of Niger, Zamfara, Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto.

The motion was sponsored by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC-Niger North).

Garba Shehu said the Buhari Administration would not make any state to suffer discrimination in dealing with security and other matters on account of their political differences with the government at the centre.

 “While today’s Senate resolution is perfectly in order, it is important to state that in his duty as Commander-in-Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari has already approved the commencement of this operation.

“Beyond this announcement, no other details concerning the mode, scope, timings and other essentials will be revealed so as not to compromise its success. It is, however, important to outline the fact the all the states of the federation are equal and important before the President.

“None has suffered any discrimination up to this point, and none will be made to suffer any such discrimination in dealing with security and all other matters on account on their political differences with the government at the centre,” he stated.

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