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Zamfara Governor Offers To Resign Over Rising Insecurity

Zamfara is one of the north-west states affected by banditry.

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has offered to resign if taking such a step will bring a lasting solution to his state's high level of insecurity.

Zamfara is one of the north-west states affected by banditry.


Many persons have been killed, while countless people have been abducted in attacks by different armed gangs.

Responding to the state's disturbing trend, the federal government declared Zamfara a no-fly zone on Tuesday and banned mining activities there.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Presidential Spokesman, had told Daily Trust that the action was taken based on the suspicion that choppers ferry in arms for bandits.

Speaking when he featured on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday, Matawalle said he does not mind using his job as a sacrifice for peace to reign.

"If I know that my resignation as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign.

"I am ready to do what will bring security. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara state."

The governor, who has been pushing for a dialogue with bandits, also defended his stance.

He said repentant bandits facilitated the release of Government Girls Secondary School students, Jangebe, who were abducted last week.

"People are saying amnesty; it is not about amnesty. What amnesty means maybe is the federal government provides some huge amount of money," he said.

"We are not giving them kobo; we are not giving them anything. People talk about amnesty, it's like people think that a huge amount of money was collected and given to them.

"No single kobo was given to them, any of them who repented; nothing was given to them."

The governor, who had earlier rejected the decision of the federal government to declare the state a no-fly zone, said: "On the decision of Mr President on the no-fly zone, I accept it. I agree with that. People don't even know that Zamfara does not have an airport. So, the states that have airports and are encountering this kind of situation, what happens to them?"