The Federal Government has restated its commitment to tackle security challenges facing the nation head-on to ensure peace and stability.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo stated this yesterday, in his keynote address at the Northern States Stakeholders Security Summit themed “Nation building security challenges and the need for inclusive approach,” held in Kaduna.
Osinbajo explained that the Federal Government would do all humanly possible to protect and secure the lives and property of the people.
The Vice President who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu noted that security was key and paramount to the present administration.
He condemned kidnapping, assassination and all forms of crime stressing the need for a robust Police Force to stem the trend.
Prof. Osinbajo called on Nigerians to support the security agencies to ensure a crime free nation.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Kashim Shettima of Borno State commended the Inspector General of Police for organising the summit aimed at addressing the security challenges confronting the nation.
Shettima who was represented by his Bauchi State counterpart, Barr. Mohammed Abubakar said the Forum would collaborate to ensure peace in the nation.
In his remarks, the host Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai represented by his Deputy, Architect Bala Barnabas highlighted efforts put in place by his administration to reduce crime in the state.
Governor El-Rufai called on the police to strategise on how to secure the nation charging stakeholders to play effective role to curb crime and criminalities.
The Convener and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris in his opening remarks described as unacceptable the various security challenges confronting the country reiterating the determination of the police to curb the trend.
He stressed the need for Community Policing calling on Nigerians to collaborate with the police by providing timely information to ensure a crime free nation.
The IG suggested the establishment of grazing reserves stating that the police would not accept situation where state governments arm militia.
The summit was attended by stakeholders in the Northern States including state Governors, traditional and religious leaders, civil society organisation and security agencies.
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed was represented at the occasion by his Deputy, Elder Peter Kisira.