President Muhammadu Buhari has assured members of the Northern Governors’ Forum (NGF) that he will not let the nation down on security. The governors led by the outgoing Chairman of the forum, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno met with the President at the State House, Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari said the security of the country is on his mind twenty-four hours of the day. He bemoaned the ravaging effect of unchecked corruption in the past on the country’s Armed Forces, saying that the terrible effects of mismanagement are prevalent, and the present insecurities are the consequences.
President Buhari however noted that the government is making efforts to curb corruption within the system, making a reference to the recoveries made so far including money and landed properties. He promised to increase the frequency of his meetings with security chiefs and keep updating himself and also expressed interest in getting reports from governors who have difficult relationships with security heads in their states.
In their presentations, the governors commended the Federal Government’s efforts in curbing Boko Haram terrorism and farmers/herders clashes, which they said had been dealt with. While noting that normalcy had virtually returned to the North-East, the governors, however, warned that armed banditry is posing a dangerous threat and needed to be tackled with equal swiftness.