No amnesty for bandits, insurgents, kidnappers, others, President Buhari declares

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*Vows Govt ‘ll continue to treat criminals as criminals without ethnic profiling

By BASHIR ADEFAKA and Agencies’ reports

 

Speaking during the joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum and traditional rulers where a delegation of Federal Government participated, President Buhari said the country was battling with different dimensions of security challenges, adding that he has asked the new service chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly situation which, The DEFENDER reports, also include activities of thugs and militias being empowered by politicians in power at state level across the country.

 

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Weeks after one of his lead critics and Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmed Gumi, has been dishing out comments that have been interpreted in many ways with some Nigerians already developing the minds that he was testing the depth of water for official decisions to follow over the fate of bandits and insurgents kidnapping and killing innocent Nigerians in mostly Northern Nigeria and parts of the South, President Muhammadu Buhari has come up with clear of government on the issues.

He said there would be no amnesty for bandits, insurgents and kidnappers and that his administration would continue to deal with the elements and other criminals, who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.

Speaking during the joint security meeting of Northern State Governors’ Forum and traditional rulers where a delegation of Federal Government participated, President Buhari said the country was battling with different dimensions of security challenges, adding that he has asked the new service chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly situation which, The DEFENDER reports, also include activities of thugs and militias being empowered by politicians in power at state level across the country.

Represented by Professor Ibrahim Gambari, his Chief of Staff, the President said criminality should be handled without resorting to ethnic profiling.

“I must appreciate the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national growth and development, especially in this challenging period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental corporate existence need to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.

“This meeting is coming at a time when the nation is making steady progress in addressing the many challenges impeding developmental and progress. We are providing critical infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports among others which are critical to economic prosperity of our people as well as opening up economic opportunities for our citizens to pursue legitimate aspirations that grow the economy.

“At the same time, we are confronting the various dimensions of security challenges that continue to slow down the emancipation of our people from poverty and economic deprivation. The Government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.

“Criminals are criminals and should be dealt with accordingly, without resorting to ethnic profiling. I have already tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end this ugly situation where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.

“I expect that at this meeting, your Forum will also discuss and devise ways of building stronger collaboration with the security architecture and the people in defeating criminality across the region and the nation at large.

“It is pertinent to note that the increased realization of our security, democracy and development indices are inextricably linked. Democracy and rule of law promote stability and in turn reinforce the power to assert freedom and economic progress of our people.

“Government also notes with satisfaction the deliberate actions of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum of inclusivity in addressing the challenges of governance and national development. This is demonstrated in today’s event, wherein the Forum intends to receive and deliberate on the reports from Committees that were put in place to critically look at certain challenges of the region.

“I urge that these crucial and robust reports should be assiduously studied and implemented without delay. This is because we are not short of policies, but often faced with challenges of implementation. You will be leaving a landmark in ensuring that the record reports are not left to rot on the shelves but used for the good of all.”


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