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Insecurity: Matawalle charges the northern leaders of the unit



Insecurity: Matawalle charges the northern leaders of the unit


Zamfara’s Governor Bello Matawalle on Sunday called on northern leaders to unite and end the relentless banditry and kidnappings ravaging the region.

Matawalle appealed during a presentation: “Fight against banditry in the Northwest, Nigeria; challenges and solutions ”at the annual conference of the Arewa Media Writers Association in Kaduna.

Matawalle, represented by his Information Commissioner, Alhaji Ibrahim Dosara, attributed the lingering security challenges facing the region to the lack of unity among the leadership that has allowed criminals to turn the region into a battleground.

He noted that the banditry ravaging the northwestern states, if not tackled urgently, would consume the entire northern region and the country as a whole.

“Unless we all realize the situation, the war on banditry in the Northwest will remain a challenge that has the potential to engulf the region and the country as a whole. We have to get to the root of the situation and stop politicizing it, ”he said.

The governor urged northern leaders to urgently put their differences aside and come up with lasting solutions to the banditry and kidnappings before the situation got out of hand.

He claimed, however, that the activities of bandits in the region were orchestrated by age-old injustice and leadership failure.

Matawalle said some politicians were taking advantage of the situation to achieve political goals.

“Unless we all realize the situation, the war on banditry in the northwest will remain a significant security challenge that could engulf the region and the country.

“The destruction that banditry causes to the people and the economy of the region is unfathomable,” he said.

Matawalle clarified that the much talked about mining in Zamfara was not responsible for the banditry as many have been led to believe.

He said bandit activities in the local governments of Shinkafi and Zurmi remained the focus even when there was no mining activity in those areas.

“When I took office on May 29, 2019, Zamfara State had already been in a serious security crisis for more than a decade, marked by banditry, cattle rustling, kidnappings and a host of other crimes.

“Almost daily, the state made headlines for bloodletting, fires, looting and significant displacement of people, especially those living in rural areas.

“The historical, economic, social and cultural ties between the dominant Fulani and Hausa communities have been severed; agricultural activities across the state were halted and commercial activities were crippled.

“With increasing poverty and food security severely affected by the crisis, the state was on the brink of a catastrophic social eruption capable of destabilizing our communities and the northwest sub-region.

“Rural banditry in Zamfara and other parts of the north, in my opinion, is the result of the gradual degradation of our moral standards and a culture of greed fueled by an absolute need for material goods.

“So it is obvious that we, the leaders, are responsible for the fate of the North. The North lacks responsible leadership to guide it through the uncharted waters of our time.

“The reluctance of affected states to embrace the peace dialogue, which would have deprived the recalcitrant bandits who currently torment our people of safe corridors in the region.

“Our ruling elite has no vision for the region beyond coming to political power. We have all seen how the elites of the South East and South West react in unison to all questions concerning the development of their regions.

“We have seen how they have a definite agenda and are relentless in their pursuit of regional development.

“The reluctance of affected states to embrace the peace dialogue, the lack of support from some of the politicians who wish to take advantage of the situation to achieve political goals are the main challenges that are slowing down peace efforts in the region,” he said. he lamented.

He therefore called on the leaders of the region to come out of their lethargy and unite to fight this serious challenge of banditry, stressing that “we must get to the root of the situation, stop politicizing it and act decisively. “.

Earlier, the association’s national secretary, Mr. Haider Hashim, said that Arewa Media Writers was established to educate the public about peaceful coexistence, unity and understanding among Nigerians.

“This is a fused group of different teeming youth members who are primarily social media users, seasoned journalists and public affairs analysts with a keen interest in politics, national development and community cohesion. northern region, ”he said. (NAA)

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