President Muhammdu Buhari has cancelled his scheduled condolence visit to families and relatives of villagers and others killed by terrorists during attacks in Anka and Bukkuyum Local Government Areas of Zamfara State, over bad weather.
Buhari, who was earlier scheduled to visit victims’ families after leaving Sokoto state, returned to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja for other engagements after his pilot informed him that the weather was not suitable for airlifting.
After returning to the Villa on Thursday, Buhari in a video sent to the families that lost loved ones, and other residents of communities currently under terrorist attacks across the state, described his inability to visit the state as painful.
The president, who was expected to leave Sokoto, BUA cement facility, for Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, lamented that the weather condition was not favourably but assured that efforts would be made to schedule another date for the visit.
He said: “I have been told that the trip cannot hold anymore because of bad weather which has made it impossible for my helicopter to fly to Gusau from Sokoto.
“I understand how you feel about this development but I know that you will agree with me that Allah knows best. I particularly sympathize with your Governor, Bello Matawalle and his cabinet who have put everything in place to make the visit a successful one.
“I look forward to a more weather-friendly period when I will visit. I am directing our security agencies to sustain the onslaught against terrorists, restrict cross-boundary infiltration and all unauthorised access to the goldmines in the state.
“The Federal Government and the Zamfara State Government are working to ensure that peace returns to all parts of the State in the shortest possible time and we expect all citizens to cooperate with, and support in all ways, the Armed Forces and other security agencies”.