President Muhammadu Buhari has dismissed the calls for the federal government to grant amnesty to armed bandits and other criminals.
The Nigerian president at a security meeting, said his administration will deal decisively with bandits, kidnappers, and insurgents.
According to The Nation, the meeting had in attendance the northern state governor’s forum, northern traditional rulers’ council, and a delegation from the federal government.
Buhari who was represented by his chief of staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, said it is time to treat criminals as criminals and stop ethnic profiling.
He said: 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.”
The Punch reported that the president said the security challenges confronting the nation were slowing down the drive to pull Nigerians out of poverty and economic deprivation.
He called on northern state governors and Nigerian citizens to lend support to national development and security out nation.