Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Bello Matawalle, has stated without mincing words that northern leaders are to be blamed for the insecurity ravaging the region.
He made this known on Sunday while delivering a paper titled, “The Fight Against Banditry in Northwest Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions” at the inauguration of the new executives of Arewa Media Writers Association in Kaduna.
He said the northern leaders were responsible for the plight of their region, which includes horrible crimes like banditry, killings of women and children, kidnapping, Boko Haram, highway robbery in the northern region.
According to him, the north lacked responsible leadership to steer it through the uncharted waters, adding that the ruling elites have no vision for the region beyond gaining political power. After gaining political power, Matawalle noted, the vision for human development is lacking, but celebrate infrastructure.
The governor noted that prior to May 29th, 2019, the State had already been mired in a serious security crisis for over a decade, marked by banditry, livestock rustling, kidnapping among other crimes.
He said the State was in the news for bloodletting, fire, pillage, and significant displacement of people, particularly those living in rural areas, on daily basis.
Matawalle, represented by the State’s Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji, said the historic, economic, social and cultural ties between the dominant communities of Fulani and Hausa were at a low; farming activities across the State halted, and commercial activities crippled.
He said: “With poverty on the increase and food security seriously affected by the crisis, the State was on the verge of a catastrophic social eruption capable of destabilizing our communities and the northwest sub-region.
“Shinkafi and Zurmi LGAs are the hot spots of banditry even though there are no mining activities going there.
“Rural banditry in Zamfara and other parts of the north, in my opinion, is a result of the progressive degradation of our moral standards and a culture of greed fed by an unfettered need for material goods.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.