President Muhammadu Buhari was forced to invite some state governors from the Northern part of the country on Thursday to a meeting over the alarming rate of especially kidnapping and banditry in the country
The meeting which was held inside the Presidential Villa in Abuja saw Mr President reiterating his assurance to end insecurity in the country.
The meeting was attended by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.
The governors were led by the chairman of Northern Governors Forum, Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong.
According to a source at the meeting, the Governors took turns to narrate their experiences, individual efforts at finding lasting solutions as well as expectations from the Federal Government.
Others in the delegation were governors of Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Yobe Mai Mala Buni, Niger, Abubakar Bello, and Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule.
In an interview with State House correspondent, Lalong 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 of the 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.”
Speaking on the outcome of the meeting, he said “I think they 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.”