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  • Updated: June 13, 2024

Zamfara insecurity: Governor Lawal accuses saboteurs of sponsoring banditry

Zamfara insecurity: Governor Lawal accuses saboteurs of spon

Zamfara State Governor Dauda Lawal has said that some persons are undermining his administration's attempts to address the state's grave security concerns.

According to him, individuals behind the scenes are encouraging banditry and other types of criminality to destabilise his administration.

Governor Lawal revealed this on Tuesday at an early morning TV broadcast on Channels Television in Abuja. 

“We have been trying to restore peace and stability in the state, but somebody, somewhere, somehow, has been negotiating with these notorious terrorists,” he added.

The state governor further complained that it is really terrible that these negotiations are taking place without his awareness as governor of the state.

When questioned if he knew who was supporting the discussions with the armed bandits, he indicated he had some idea of who it was.

He bemoaned that negotiations with bandits had gotten out of hand, so he had to seek an appointment with the president to protest about the rising insecurity.

“We have all the Special Forces sent to Zamfara State with the latest technology, but the problem still remains, as they were given instructions not to cross certain areas or boundaries,” the governor said.

The governor reaffirmed his previous view that there would be no peace pact or reconciliation with the armed bandits, citing multiple failed conversations.

“In Zamfara State, there have been numerous negotiations with the bandits, not once, not twice—what has happened?” he queried.

“For God’s sake, how can someone begin to negotiate with the bandits from a point of weakness? One can only negotiate with bandits from a position of strength when they know that you mean business.”

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Youth wing in Zamfara State has faulted the State governor, Dauda Lawal, over his alleged media attacks against the military.

Governor Lawal had recently claimed that the military was not helping matters in the ongoing fight against insecurity in Zamfara State.

But the State chairman of the group, Alhaji Ashiru Tukur, in a statement signed on Wednesday, described the governor’s comments on national television as “uninspiring attitude” against the hierarchy of the Nigerian military.

Tukur said, “We would not have bothered ourselves to respond to some of Mr. Governor’s claims during that live session on a national television, except the need to set the record straight especially on the priceless sacrifices the Nigerian military and other security agencies involved in tackling insecurity in Zamfara are making."

The group noted that the governor’s political rivalry with his predecessor and current Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Bello Matawalle, has overshadowed his good governance approach in the past one year in office, hence making it difficult for him to protect the lives and properties of Zamfara people.

“That interview has shown Mr Governor’s weakness, poor judgement, and an inappropriate statement from someone who is supposed to accept responsibility for his failure to secure the lives and property of Zamfara people as promised when he assumed office about a year ago.

“His spirit-damping comment against the military hierarchy of not being committed to ending banditry challenges despite having security briefings on his table has just further proved his critics right that he was never ready to govern the state." 

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