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Buhari, Zamfara governor discuss security in Abuja

By Terhemba Daka, Abuja
18 February 2021   |   4:09 am
President Muhammadu Buhari summoned the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mattawale, yesterday to get briefings on the security situation in the state.

Mattawale says dialogue, RUGA herders’ problem
President Muhammadu Buhari summoned the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mattawale, yesterday to get briefings on the security situation in the state.

Mattawale confirmed this to State House correspondents after he met with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, the strategy his administration has employed to check insecurity was working, just as he sought the cooperation of other northern state governments to establish Rural Grazing Areas (RUGA) in their states, to end inter-state movement of cattle.

While noting that herders move in search of pastures, he said his state had already worked on the provision of RUGA with necessary facilities for herders.

If other states do the same, the crises caused by Fulani movements will become a thing of the past, he argued.

His words: “I was called by the President and I am here (Aso Villa) to brief him on some issues pertaining to security in my state. We discussed much about them and I briefed him. All the support needed from him, he assigned all where to get all the support. I appreciate his effort for making me proud of what he has been doing for the state.

“In terms of security, particularly in Nigeria, everybody knows what is happening today. But in Zamfara, we thank Allah for giving us that achievement because, even today, about 358 special police force (personnel) were deployed to the state to tackle some challenges.”

Noting that he inherited banditry, he explained: “It was ongoing for almost eight years in the state. But due to my initiative of dialoguing with them, now Zamfara is very calm.

“I have been calling my colleagues to sit down with the stakeholders to find the causes of the crisis, so that they can initiate reconciliation and dialogue with those people and achieve what I achieved in my state.”