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President Buhari says “NO” to amnesty for bandits, insurgents, kidnappers and other criminals, vows to deal with them

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the option of amnesty for bandits, vowing that his government would deal with bandits, kidnappers and other criminals in the nation.

Buhari spoke during a meeting of the 19 Northern Governors and Chairmen of the region’s Traditional Council of Chiefs and Emirs in Kaduna.

He noted that criminals are criminals and must be dealt with accordingly without resulting to ethnic profiling.

Those in attendance were representatives of the region at the National Assembly, the Director General of the DSS, IG of Police, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminences, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar as well as representatives of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and Northern Elders Forum (NEF).

Buhari was represented by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, who noted that the current government would confront various dimensions of security challenges.

“The government shall continue to deal with insurgents, bandits kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country,” President Buhari said, adding that he has since tasked the new Service Chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly security situation where lives of Nigerians continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.

“It is pertinent to note that the increased realization of our security, democracy indices are inextricably linked. Democracy and rule of law promote stability and in turn reinforces the power to assert freedom and economic progress of our people. This thread of interconnection needs support of the Northern State Governors Forum and entire citizenry of the country as any amount of positive sacrifice would be beneficial in bringing about national development and security of our nation,” he further said.

President Buhari further called on State Governors to discuss and devise ways of building stronger collaboration with security architecture and the people in defeating criminality across the northern region and Nigeria at large.

He commended the Nigerian Governors Forum for properly handling the tension arising from the clashes between farmers and herders in the nation.

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