Northern Governors on Monday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa to proffer solutions on how to stop the killings by bandits in the region.
The meeting which was held behind-closed-doors had in attendance 10 out of the 19 northern governors.
Governors in attendance were; Kashim Shettima (Borno), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Aminu Bello Masari (Katisna) and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal (Sokoto).
Others were Muhammad Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), and Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara). At the end of the meeting, the governors mandated Governor Masari to brief newsmen on the outcome of the meeting.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State warned that banditry in the region is gradually turning into an insurgency.
“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 concern made us 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 North East,” he said.