Buhari rules out amnesty for criminals, promises to deal with bandits


By Abba Gwale

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will not grant amnesty to insurgents, bandits, kidnappers, and other criminals. He also reassured the Nigerians that his administration will continue to deal with those that constitute a threat to the country.

The president’s stand on amnesty to the bandits, as being canvassed by others, was disclosed on Thursday at a joint security meeting of Northern State Governors Forum and traditional rulers.

Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, who represented the president, used the opportuity to urge the citizens to avoid ethnic profiling while handling the elements of criminality amongst them.

He further disclosed that Buhari has already charged the new service chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the ugly situation, while lamenting that the country is battling with different dimensions of security challenges.

“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,” Buhari stated in a speech read by his Chief of Staff.

“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.”

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