On the meeting in Kaduna, Mr Buhari stated it was time to deal with criminals as criminals and to cease ethnic profiling.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, the president stated security challenges confronting the nation had slowed down the emancipation of Nigerians from poverty and economic deprivation.
The president disclosed that he had already directed heads of security agencies to develop plans to finish criminality within the nation.
He stated his authorities would proceed to deal with insurgents, bandits and kidnappers.
“I have to recognize the efforts of the 19 Northern States Governors’ Forum for their contribution towards national progress and improvement, particularly on this difficult period in our nation’s being where certain fundamental company existence must be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached,” the president stated.
“This meeting is coming at a time when the nation is making regular progress in addressing the numerous challenges impeding developmental and progress. We’re offering vital infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports amongst others that are vital to financial prosperity of our people in addition to opening up financial alternatives for our residents to pursue reliable aspirations that develop the economic system.
“On the similar time, we’re confronting the varied dimensions of safety challenges that proceed to decelerate the emancipation of our folks from poverty and financial deprivation. The Authorities shall proceed to deal with insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and different criminals who constitute a risk to innocent residents throughout the nation.
“Criminals are criminals and needs to be handled accordingly, with out resorting to ethnic profiling. I’ve already tasked the new Service Chiefs to plan new methods that may finish this ugly state of affairs where the lives of our people continue to be threatened by hoodlums and criminals.
“I count on that at this meeting, your Forum will also focus on and devise methods of building stronger collaboration with the security architecture and the people in defeating criminality throughout the area and the nation at large.