– Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara state has reacted to the issue of banditry in the state
– Matawalle explains why he favours negotiation as a solution to the security issue
– The governor faults those criticising his approach to resolving the security problem
The Zamfara state governor, Mohammed Matawalle, has disclosed that negotiations are on to get some commanders of bandits to surrender their arms.
He said the son of a slain bandits’ leader, called Buharin Daji, his mother and a top leader of the bandits, are among those expected to embrace peace soon.
Matawalle made the disclosure on Thursday, February 4, when he met with a delegation led by Sheik Ahmad Abubakar Gumi, who was in the state to hold a peace meeting with bandits.
The governor stated that he would explore negotiations with the bandits as a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
“If I had not had enough courage, I could have abandoned the peace deal with armed men because of the pressure being mounted on me by those who think there should not be such initiatives.
“I’m being blackmailed from different quarters for having a dialogue with the armed bandits.
He said peace was returning to some communities because of the negotiations.
Meanwhile, a Sheikh Gumi has narrated his experience during his recent trip to the bandits camp in Zamfara state.
Photos of the Islamic scholar in the camp of the bandits recently surfaced on the internet, sparking reactions across the country.
The well-respected cleric said he visited the stronghold of the attackers, appealing to them to accept peace.
Briefing Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state after his visit, the cleric said the bandits have turned into insurgents.
In another news, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to numerous alarms raised by the Department of State Services (DSS), saying it should stop causing tension and do its job.
CAN on Thursday, February 4, claimed that many Nigerians have lost trust in the DSS because on countless occasions, it has failed in its singular responsibility of ensuring their security, The Cable reported.
The spokesperson of CAN’s president Samsom Ayokunle, Adebayo Oladeji, pointed out that the criminals and armed bandits who terrorise Nigerians are actual human beings who are not in any way invincible if the security operatives are really ready to track and catch them.