Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Ibrahim Gambari during a meeting with Northern Governors and Traditional leaders in Kaduna. Photo: Aminu Dalhatu
President Mohammed Buhari says his government will continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals who constitute a threat to innocent citizens across the country.
The President stated this while declaring open the Northern Governors Forum meeting with Traditional Rulers in Kaduna.
President Buhari, represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari said he had already tasked the new Service Chiefs to create a new strategy and plans that would end the ugly situation of insecurity in the country.
According to him, he expected the forum would discuss and find ways of building stronger collaboration with the security personnel as well as the people in defeating terrorism, banditry and criminality across the region and the nation as a whole.
He said the meeting was coming at a time when the nation is making steady progress in addressing many challenges.
President Mohammadu Buhari appreciated the effort of the 19 northern governors for their contribution toward national unity and development.
He further stated that his administration is providing critical infrastructures such as Roads, Railways, Airports and power supply among others that are critical to the economic prosperity of the nation, as well as opening economy opportunities to citizens.
He however assured the forum the support and Collaboration in implementing some of the resolutions of the meeting that may require the participation of the federal government, also advocated for synergy between the northern governors and forum in other regions for the collective good of the nation.
In a remark, the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and the governor of Plateau State, Mr Simong Bako Lalong said the meeting was long overdue and crucial for the Development of the northern people and the progress of the nation.
Governor Lalong noted that issues to be discussed during the meeting cut across the various sector which includes Security, economy, industrialization, Almajiris Phenomenon among other issues.
He said the meeting would receive all the reports of committees set up during the previous Northern Governors Forum for further processing.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar assured the governors, people of the region and the country, in general, to continue doing their best toward ensuring that the Government address the challenges confronting the country.
Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasiru Elrufai said the northern states are largely affected by security challenges, stressing that, in many northern states, criminal elements are ravaging the rural economy, threatening livelihoods and putting the food security of the nation at the risk.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police who was present at the meeting is expected to brief the forum on the efforts put in place by the force in containing the current security challenges.
Governors of Kebbi, Yobe, Nasarawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Kano, Jigawa, Adamawa and Deputy governors of Bauch, Kogi, Zamfara, Benue, Borno among others are in attendance.
The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai Elkenemi, Emir of Lafiya, Emir of Zazzau, Emir of Katsina, Etsu Nupe, Bangon Jos were among the other traditional rulers attending the meeting.
The Arewa Consultative Forum and Northern Elders Forum have also attended the meeting.