Criminal elements should not be used to label any particular ethnic group for any crime as that will portend danger to peaceful coexistence and national unity, the Northern Governors Forum has said.
The chairman of the forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, said this in a statement on Thursday.
“Rather, such criminal elements should be exposed, isolated and made to face the law of the land without prejudice to their ethnic backgrounds as the motives or criminal actions cannot be said to be the position of their ethnic group,” he said.
Lalong said security agencies must also be firm and rise up to the occasion by protecting all law-abiding citizens against threat to their lives and properties irrespective of their ethnic or other affiliations.
“They should also send a clear and unambiguous message to those threatening the peace that they will act decisively to stop them from plunging the nation to anarchy,” he said.