Insecurity: Bandits, insurgents will never get amnesty – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has ruled out the possibility of negotiating with or granting amnesty to bandits and insurgents.
The president spoke Thursday through his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, at a high-powered meeting of Northern governors, members of the National Assembly, traditional rulers, and other leaders held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House in Kaduna.
The meeting was to address insecurity in Northern Nigeria.
President Buhari said that his administration would continue to deal decisively with insurgents, bandits and other criminal elements.
“This meeting is coming at a time when the nation is making steady progress in addressing the many challenges impeding development and progress.
“We are providing critical infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports among 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 constitute innocent threat 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 last.
“It is pertinent to note that the increased realization of our security, democracy and development indices are inextricably linked. Democracy and the 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 the support of the Northern State Governors Forum and the entire citizenry of the country as any amount of positive sacrifice would be beneficial in bringing about National development and security out nation,” President Buhari said.