Nigeria: Buhari, Northern Governors Brainstorm Over Insecurity

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met with six Northern governors at the State House, Abuja, where he reiterated his commitment towards ending the security challenges facing the nation.

The meeting was also attended by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

The governors were led by the Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum and Plateau State Governor, Hon. Simon Lalong.

Others in the delegation were governors Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Abubakar Bello (Niger), and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa).

The governors took turns to narrate their security experiences, individual efforts at finding lasting solutions as well as expectations from the federal government.

Lalong told journalists after the meeting that he and his colleagues were in Aso Rock to meet with the president on the peculiar security challenges facing their states with a view to proffering solutions to them.

He said: “Well, this meeting is in respect of some of the common features of insecurity that we have within our states. You’ll recall that many of the states have some insecurities that are very similar. So we put them together and see how to address some of those issues. And we felt that we must also meet Mr. President about it since it’s about the insecurity.”

Asked about the outcome of the meeting, he said: “I think these are not to be disclosed because these are about security. But the take away I  say is that the meeting with the president was very fruitful and we are also very committed, and we have seen a lot of commitment, so we are waiting for implementation.

“The assurance I will give you is that based on this meeting, we will also wait to see the commitment, and Mr. President has given us that assurance.”

Deji Elumoye in Abuja

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