President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday dismissed the possibility of the Federal Government granting amnesty to criminals and bandits, saying all forms of criminality in the country will be decisively dealt with.
Chief of Staff to the president, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, stated this when he represented his principal at a joint security meeting of the Northern State Governors’ Forum, Northern Traditional Rulers Council and delegation from the Federal Government.
Prof. Gambari said the president has directed the security chief to evolve strategy on how to deal with all forms of criminalities.
He said: “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 needs to be frankly deliberated upon and actionable resolutions reached.
“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.”
This comes amid pressure on the federal government by Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi to grant amnesty to bandits.
Gumi argues that granting amnesty to bandits is better than engaging them in what he termed “operation fire-for-fire.”
According to him extending amnesty to bandits would help calm down the tense insecurity situation.