By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Governors from the Northern region of the country met with President Muhammadu Buhari in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday over the spate of insecurity in the region.
The region has been bedevilled by the lingering Boko Haram insurgency, consistent herdsmen and farmers clashes and of late, banditry.
Addressing State House Correspondents after the closed-door meeting, Katsina Governor, Amimu Masari said their meeting with Buhari was to update him on the precarious security situation in the region and the need to urgently tackle the menace.
According to him, a resolution was taken on the issue at the Northern Governors Forum recently held in Kaduna for the governors to meet the president and beg for help.
“The issue that brought us to the President is about the rising insecurity in the North West, North Central and North East. North East is known for Boko Haram insurgency but of recent what was known to be cattle rustling in North West and some parts of North Central has turned out to be something different from what we had before.
“So, this concerns made us to come and brief the President so that urgent action would be taken in order to curb this deadly menace of banditry which is gradually graduating into insurgency. You know the North West with a vast forest area going to North Central and then even going out of Nigeria.
“So we need to act quickly and decisively so that it doesn’t turn into something else like what we had in the Northeast,” Masari said.
The governor said the president had given his full commitment that something serious will be done in order to make sure that the menace is curbed.
He said they made suggestions to the president on the way forward but that, “ It’s not for public consumption “
On Magajin Gari Daura who was abducted 26 days ago, he said “ I think the police are working serious and they have made some progress but for obvious reasons, they cannot disclose all what they have done for security reasons but work is going on.”
Besides Masari, others at the meeting were Governors Kashim Shettima of Borno Nasir el Rufai of Kaduna, Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa, Sani Bello of Niger, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi, Abdulaziz Yari, and Simon Lalong of Plateau.