…Security challenges getting worse, cries Zamfara State Governor, Matawalle

…Says banditry has reverted to how it used to be before his administration

…FG has failed Nigerians on security, Katsina State Governor, Masari tells Buhari

…Blasts President on reasons for deteriorating security in parts of the country

AMIDST rising cases of banditry in northern parts of the country, two governors of North Central states, Zamfara and Katsina have cried out that they are being overwhelmed by security challenges in their various states. While the Zamfara state governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle cries out that the insecurity challenges in the state are getting worse, his Katsina state counterpart, Alhaji Bello Masari is of the opinion that as far as insecurity is concerned, President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigerians. Governor Matawalle in statewide broadcast at the weekend lamented that banditry has reverted to how it used to be before his administration despite efforts being made to curtail it.

He disclosed that no fewer than 90 persons were killed by bandits in Kadawa village in Zurmi Local Government Area of the state last Thursday night declaring that none of the criminals and their sponsors will be spared no matter how highly placed. “In recent weeks, the act of banditry has reverted to the ugly dimensions it had, prior to the coming of my administration. “The marauders kill without regard for any rules of sanity. Women, the elderly, and children are not spared. “As a result, a large number of people have been displaced in nearly every town in the state. “You are witnesses to what we have accomplished from the beginning of our administration, particularly the peace and reconciliation efforts that we initiated and achieved.

“As a result, we have been able to shift our violent narratives to one of optimism and peaceful coexistence. Unfortunately, things suddenly took a dramatic turn and things are getting worse by the day. “It is clear that some invincible hands are plotting evil against our people with the goal of making our state as terrifying as it were in the years gone by. “My constant prayer is for Allah to reveal those who are perpetrating these cruel atrocities against our people”, the governor lamented. He however assured the people of his government’s commitment to eradicate banditry and all types of criminality from the state and urged community members to repel any attack against their communities.

On his part, the Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari at the weekend blasted President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement on reasons for the deteriorating state of security in parts of the country. Masari, who cited Constitutional provisions during an interactive session in his office with some selected journalists, said it was erroneous for anybody to blame states and local governments for the alarming state of insecurity in the country. “It is the responsibility of the federal Government to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens in all nooks and cranny of the country.

When you look at the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the issue of security is under the Exclusive List. So, it is the responsibility of the federal government and that states can only complement and that’s what we have always done and still doing as states. “From the local governments, we assist the Police, the DSS, and the NSDC. There may be states that do not complement efforts of the security agencies, and perhaps those were the states that the President was referring to. But sincerely speaking, based on provisions of the Constitution, the blame should go to the federal government for the general state of insecurity in Nigeria”, Masari insisted. He again stressed that he was 100 per cent in support of the clamour for restructuring and devolution of more powers to the states which should also entail enhanced revenue to these tiers of government to enable them to adequately perform their constitutional roles.

Governor Aminu Bello Masari also added his voice on the establishment of state police, saying, it will enhance general security as the personnel will be expected to perform their defined roles without infringing on duties of the Nigerian police. “The issue of a state police is part of what we are talking about, and I am for it. All we need to do is to formalise activities of the vigilante groups and community policing and give them clear definitions on their limits and those of the Nigerian police. “We have the Nigerian Police and the NSDC that we currently support their operations and nothing stops a state police from coexisting side by side with the Nigerian Police.

“The issue of security is actually the responsibility of everybody, as we all have roles to play. It’s not about the President or the Governor or local government Chairman or a legislator or minister. “These bandits and their informants have addresses. They live within the communities and the people know them, and security has no coloration in terms of political party affiliations or religion. “I am also 100 per cent for restructuring and devolution of powers or whatever you call it. If you devolve, states and local governments will have more financial independence. “We should earn resources according to the size and economy of our states. During the First Republic, the then Emir of Kano was the highest paid Emir because of the state’s revenue base”, he added

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