From Maiharaji Altine, Gusau
The Progressive Governors Forum has condoled Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state over the recent attacks on five villages where many lives were lost.
Speaking on behalf of the forum members, the chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and the Governor of Kebbi state, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu said he was shocked by bandits’ attacks on the five villages in the state where several lives were lost.
Bagudu expressed disgust over the incident and prayed to Allah to avoid the reoccurrence of the incident.
He maintained that, while the Governor was doing his best to bring an end to insecurity challenges, the issue was still worrisome.
Bagudu stated that “Few days ago we were in Abuja with Governor Matawalle where he was constantly receiving phone calls and he later said he was going back to his state due to insecurity challenges where some villages were attacked”.
He commended Governor Matawalle’s efforts in fighting insecurity challenges, calling on the people of the state to continue cooperating with the Governor.
He also called on the people of the state in particular and the entire people of the country to pray for Allah’s intervention for the return of peace in the Zamfara state and the country in general.
Governor Bagudu was in a company of his counterpart, the Jigawa state Governor, Alhaji Badaru Abubakar.
Responding, Governor Matawalle thanked the forum for the sympathy visit.
He however maintained that, he was still using his peace process as the only option to end banditry in the state.
Matawalle lamented that, “in a situation where the security agents are always unable to act quickly on the distress calls from the communities being attacked by bandits, I think I have no option but to embrace dialogue”.
He urged other Governors who were facing insecurity challenges to also use their own initiative to bring an end to the menace.