Insecurity, RUGA: Northern governors hold emergency meeting

Insecurity, RUGA: Northern governors hold emergency meeting

In a bid to address rampant cases of insecurity in the north and misconceptions related to the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) project, state governors on the platform of Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) are said to be having an emergency meeting.

The meeting, presided over by the chairman of the forum, Governor Simon Lalong, is aimed to resolve and end the incessant herdsmen-farmers clashes, kidnapping, banditry and other related crimes, The Nation reports.

At the meeting, Lalong said: "We shall develop strategies on how best to deal with the misinformation about the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), which is sometimes confused with the Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) project."

The governor also said that there is a need to deal with Almajiri issue which in itself borders on security.

He said: “We also have to continue our discourse on how to solve the Almajiri phenomenon which continues to be a social and security challenge that we cannot, but find solutions to."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Muhammadu Buhari had declared that remnants of Boko Haram members were bandits and that the federal government will continue to treat them as such.

President Buhari disclosed this on Tuesday, September 10, at State House, Abuja, while receiving Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).

According to President Buhari, “Boko Haram has been degraded, but its members are still a nuisance around Lake Chad and surrounding islands.

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"That is why we are cooperating with Chad, Cameroon, Niger Republic, and other countries. We are also using the Air Force quite effectively. They are bandits, and we will continue to treat them as such.”

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Source: Legit.ng

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