Buhari hails progress, vows to deal with insurgents, bandits, others



President Muhammadu Buhari has said the country has achieved huge levels of progress in spite of challenges slowing down efforts taking Nigerians out of poverty.

 

Buhari said in a message to the meeting of Northern governors on Thursday in Kaduna his administration would continue to face the challenges and ensure peace and development of the country.

 

Represented by his , Prof. Gambari, the president appreciated the 19 northern governors for their contributions to national growth and development, amidst challenges and threat to national security.

meeting is coming a time the nation is making steady progress in addressing the many challenges impending development and progress.

“My administration is providing critical infrastructure such as road, rail, airport, amongst others, including power supply and other factors are critical to economic prosperity of our country, as well as opening up opportunities for citizens to pursue their legitimate aspirations.

 

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 degradation.

“The government will continue to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and other criminals that constitute a threat to inocent citizen in the country.

“Criminals are criminals and will be dealt with accordingly without resort to ethnic profiling.”

The president said that the government had already tasked the new service chiefs to devise new strategies that will end the security challenges.

Buhari therefore tasked the meeting to find ways of bringing stronger collaboration with the security , security and the people in defeating terrorism and criminality across the and the nation as a whole.

He also urged them to quickly implement the reports of all the committees it had set up to find solutions to challenges facing the .

 

“I assure the forum for and collaboration in implementing some of the resolutions that will require the participation of the Federal Government.”

The Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar III, assured the governors of the of traditional rulers of the .

He noted that the intervention of the governors had helped to de-escalate tension over recent attacks on northerners in Oyo and states.

“They have been doing a lot, because as you all known it is always easy to destroy, but very very difficult to build, and destructions have being going on for decades, things have been going bad and they were not arrested.”

The Sultan commisserated with all the victims of kidnappings and killings in the north and the southwest part of the country, but called for patience and perseverance as government handle the situation.

On Almajiri system, the Sultan advised the meeting to enrol all such students in formal schools and admonished parents to properly take care of their children.

 

“Just few days ago, a very important seminar in Sokoto on very Almajiri issues.

“We already have some possible solutions to very big menace of our children going about begging for food and not exactly out there to look for Qur’anic education,” he said. (NAN)