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Kaura commends Tinubu for appointing Mattawalle as State Minister of Defence

By Fehintola Adewale, Abuja
21 August 2023   |   6:05 am
Comrade Anas A. Kaura – spokesperson of former Zamfara State governor and recently appointed Minister of State, Defence, Bello Matawalle, has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing his former boss as member of his cabinet. In a statement issued Sunday in Abuja, Kaura noted that the appointment signified responsiveness and commitment to their course.…

Comrade Anas A. Kaura – spokesperson of former Zamfara State governor and recently appointed Minister of State, Defence, Bello Matawalle, has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for appointing his former boss as member of his cabinet.

In a statement issued Sunday in Abuja, Kaura noted that the appointment signified responsiveness and commitment to their course.

He emphasized that the appointment not only showcased Mattawalle’s exceptional leadership qualities but also reflected Tinubu’s discernment in choosing individuals capable of positively impacting the country.

Kaura stated, “With the aim of settling the nomadic Fulani people to reduce conflicts resulting in loss of lives and property, Matawalle’s appointment as Defence Minister is an apt choice and it bodes ill for criminals and crime.”

He assured that Mattawalle would vigorously uphold the nation’s values and principles, stressing that “he will work towards strengthening our defence forces, fostering international cooperation and securing our borders. His visionary leadership will undoubtedly elevate our defence sector.”

Regarding Mattawalle’s experience, Kaura explained that he collaborated with the governors of neighbouring states to address security challenges. “Mattawalle formed partnerships and alliances, even crossing into the Niger Republic to disband numerous bandit camps with the support of federal government and security agencies.”

Adding: “Matawalle was the first and only governor to initiate the RUGA settlement for the Fulani, complete with amenities like schools, hospitals, markets and police stations, providing them with modern pastures, improved grass feeds and means for livestock maintenance.”

Kaura expressed confidence that under Mattawalle’s guidance, the defence sector would make substantial progress. He applauded Mattawalle’s dedication, extensive knowledge and work ethic, deeming him the ideal candidate for this critical position.

“I have personally witnessed his commitment to our nation. His unwavering dedication ensures citizens’ safety and security.”

Kaura highlighted that before becoming Zamfara’s governor, Mattawalle was a member of the House of Representatives, notably serving as Chairman of the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence for four years.

As governor and Chief Security Officer of Zamfara, Mattawalle introduced peace dialogues with bandits, curbing the unbearable hardship faced by rural dwellers due to violence and kidnappings. Through these dialogues, many bandits surrendered arms and assisted security agents, ultimately reducing bandit activities.