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Marafa commends Presidency’s comment on Zamfara killings


President Muhammadu Buhari PHOTO: BAYO OMOBORIOWO

Chairman Senate Committees on Petroleum Resources, Senator Kabir Garba Marafa, yesterday commended the Presidency over what he called its frank comment on insecurity in Zamfara State.

The Federal Government had through the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja during a panel session at the opening of the 67th International Press Institute Congress on Thursday blamed the festering banditry in the state on lack of vigilance by the state.

Marafa in a statement said his numerous calls on the Governor, Abdul Aziz Yari, at different fora including on the floor of he Senate fell on deaf ears.


The Senator who represents Zamfara Central Senatorial District in the Senate said rather than the Governor to make use of his advice, he tagged him as his enemy.

“Zamfara state is our only state we must therefore put all hands on deck to make it work”. Like the Federal Government, I have faulted the Governor’s halfhearted approach to the problem of banditry that had grounded almost all activities in the state,” he said.

He said the first step to end the banditry was for the Governor to show courage by bringing those around him that are accused of having a hand in the “business” to book

While the second and most important one is taking his job serious by stopping without further delay all his regular trips to Abuja and outside the country and concentrate on providing the much-needed leadership in the state.

The senator counseled the Governor to stop blaming Buhari for his failures. “He should discard the secondary responsibility of Governors forum chair and concentrate on his primary responsibility of providing security of lives and property of the people of the state”.

“If he remains an absentee Governor, there is no how he can tackle the menace of banditry in the state. It is only when he is on ground that other things can take shape for the good of the state,” he said.

Dambazau had said that “Good governance is the final solution to the security challenges in Zamfara, it is not the number of soldiers.

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