January 17, 2021

My News on Point

Daily News Update From Top News Blog Around The World | Your News on The Go

Nigerian governors back Gov Matawalle’s dialogue with bandits

4 min read

Nigerian governors have identified with the Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, in his effort to address banditry through dialogue with the armed militia in the state.

Zamfara, in the North West region, has for many years been bedeviled by security challenges with armed bandits ransacking communities and kidnapping for ransom.

Since his coming in 2019, Mr Matawalle promised to pursue a “carrot and stick” approach in addressing the menace, including dialogue with the bandits.

The approach has drawn sharp reactions with a spokesperson for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) calling for investigation of “a North west governor” for fraternising with the bandits, in what some believed was a veiled reference to Mr Matawalle.

In a new twist, however, the Nigerian Governors Forum on Monday paid a commendation visit to Governor Matawalle, expressing its total support to his anti-banditry campaign in the North-west Zone.

A statement by Mr Matawalle’s spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, said a four-member delegation of the forum led by its chairperson, who is also Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, met with Mr Matawalle at the Zamfara Governor’s Lodge, Maitama, Abuja.

The forum said it was completely in support of the efforts being made by Mr Matawalle in the fight against banditry and other criminality in Zamfara State and the North-west at large.

“We note your single-mindedness in this pursuit and we also note the positive results being recorded by your approach in the fight against the menace of banditry in your state and the North-west as a whole,” Governor Fayemi said.

“All the Nigerian Governors stand as one in your support at this hour in your total commitment to the liberation of our people from the activities of these criminals in your state and the region.

“Whatever we can do to assist, we shall do it. We are here to encourage you to do more and we are solidly behind you”, Governor Fayemi told Mr Matawalle.

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he is rendering in the fight against banditry, especially the posting of Special Forces to Zamfara State.

Mr Fayemi also, on behalf of the governors, commiserated with Governor Matawalle over the lives lost in the state as a result of the activities of bandits in the state.

Dangote adbanner 728x90_2 (1)

Responding, Governor Matawalle said he was elated and encouraged by the visit which will serve as an elixir for his renewed efforts to do more so that his people can sleep with their two eyes closed.

“No amount of discouragement can deter me from doing what is right to salvage my people from the menace of banditry and other criminality”, Governor Matawalle assured.

He noted with utter dismay that after sleepless nights he spent working hard to assist in the release of Kankara children, a spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress accused him of harbouring bandits who terrorise his neighbours.

“I intended to sue in this case, but for the intervention of my brother, the Yobe state Governor Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, who assured me the officer will be reprimanded for such a callous statement. I am waiting to see the action that the APC will take since it has dissociated itself from the statement”, Governor Matawalle spoke.

He commended the Governors Forum for the encouragement and financial support to the victims of banditry in the state.

Mr Matawalle also commended Mr Buhari for the support he has always renders to him in the fight against banditry in the state.

The chair of the Governors Forum team comprises himself, the governors of Jigawa, Kebbi and Sokoto states (with Sokoto State Governor in absentia), Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Aminu Waziri Tambuwal respectively.

Support PREMIUM TIMES’ journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401…

PT Mag Campaign AD

Source link

Facebook Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Follow Us
  • Contribute to MyNewsonPoint - Register to become an author to contribute with your knowledge.
  • Send breaking news, releases, photos or videos of happenings around the world Us via
Live Updates COVID-19 CASES
  • World 95,007,501
    Confirmed: 95,007,501
    Active: 25,139,893
    Recovered: 67,835,497
    Death: 2,032,111
  • USA 24,306,043
    Confirmed: 24,306,043
    Active: 9,557,138
    Recovered: 14,343,644
    Death: 405,261
  • UK 3,357,361
    Confirmed: 3,357,361
    Active: 1,749,665
    Recovered: 1,519,106
    Death: 88,590
  • Italy 2,368,733
    Confirmed: 2,368,733
    Active: 557,717
    Recovered: 1,729,216
    Death: 81,800
  • Nigeria 108,943
    Confirmed: 108,943
    Active: 22,156
    Recovered: 85,367
    Death: 1,420
  • Ghana 56,981
    Confirmed: 56,981
    Active: 1,404
    Recovered: 55,236
    Death: 341