Zamfara Governor Bello Matawalle has thanked the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for finding time to visit the State over the recent twin bandits attacks which left 58 persons dead in some communities of Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas.
While receiving Tinubu and his entourage at the Government House, Gusau, Matawalle described him as a doyen of contemporary politician, dedicated leader and a bridge-builder who has spent the past 23 years of democracy in the nation fostering unity, nurturing and raising individuals who have equally distinguished themselves in various spheres of human endeavours.
The Governor also noted “since the sad incident of attacks in Anka and Bukkuyum local government areas, we’ve been inundated with messages and visitations from all over the country.
“The sympathy visit by this political colossus, a towering personality and leader in many fields of human endeavour, will further console the bereaved communities and the entire people of the State.”
Commenting on the prevailing insecurity in the State, the Matawallen Maradun said banditry in Zamfara has persisted for over a decade, noting that on assuming office in 2019, he made it an utmost priority to address the issue as no meaningful development could be achieved in an atmosphere of insecurity.
Considering the reality that the conflict is tied to ethnic fault lines, Matawalle said he initiated a reconciliation programme which leaders of thought overwhelmingly accepted all over the State.
“As a result of the programme of dialogue and reconciliation, hostilities ceased for a period of over nine months. Also, hundreds of kidnapped persons were unconditionally released by their
He explained that the political undertones of the banditry ravaging the State, which started yielding positive result by his administration in curtailing the menace was however, a bad news for some self-serving politicians.
According to the Governor, such self-serving politicians whose stock in trade is inciting violence and “sowing discontent in our communities perfected plans to sabotage the peace process.
” In some cases, security reports have fingered them as having direct involvement in the planning and execution of kidnapping, ostensibly to embarrass the government.”
He further said, the same crop of politicians will always try to paint a gloomy picture of the situation in Zamfara, often by exaggerating the figures of casualty in the event of attacks. For instance, based on the figures confirmed by the affected community leaders when he visited affected communities after the recent attacks, a total of 58 people were officially confirmed by both the security and emirs to have lost their lives in contrast with the outrageous figures being brandished in the media by the opposition who chose to play politics with the lives lost.
In furtherance of the government intervention, Gov Matawalle noted that under the dialogue process, the state government have also been committing enormous resources in the provision of logistics and allowances for the security forces.
This include among others, the procurement and distribution of 200 brand new Hilux pickups for the security forces barely a few months after his swearing-into office in 2019.
Similarly, with the escalation of the situation in recent months, he stated that the government adopted more stringent measures, including
Matawalle, on behalf of the Government of Zamfara State, thanked Tinubu for taking time to visit and commiserate with the State, praying Allah to richly reward him and fulfill his desire for building a strong bond among Nigerians across all the divides.
Tinubu said he was in Zamfara to commiserate with his brother Matawalle and the entire people of the State, describing the Governor as a bridge-builder, bold and capable whose leadership acumen to lead in challenging times are unquantifiable, promising to support the Governor and security forces in their efforts to rid the state of the bedevilling insecurity.
While donating N50 million to the victims of the recent incident, the APC leader who was accompanied by the former Governor of Borno State, Sen. Kashim Shetima; former Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Malam Nuhu Ribado among others, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on his support and resilience in fighting kidnapping, banditry, and other security threats in various parts of the country.
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