Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, on Friday condoled his Sokoto State Colleague, Gov. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, over the recent killings in parts of Sabon Birni local government of the state by bandits.
Speaking during the visit at Government House, Sokoto, Bagudu expressed sadness with the dastardly killings of the innocent people in the state.
The governor also lamented the obnoxious acts of mayhem unleashed on the innocent victims which had left scores of people injured, displaced and multi-million naira properties destroyed.
Bagudu extolled the commitment, proactive actions and foresightedness of Tambuwal in swiftly addressing the security and social needs of the people of the Sokoto State.
He also recalled, the recent visit by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to President Buhari to present to him the sad development in Sokoto State.
According to Bagudu, “we are happy that, President Muhammadu Buhari has since directed the Armed forces and the other security agencies to urgently stem the tide of the activities of the bandits.”
He averred that, the visit was to express support and solidarity to the government and people of Sokoto State as two indivisible entities.
Bagudu prayed to the Almighty Allah to repose the souls of the deceased and grant their respective families and the state government the fortitude to bear the irreparable losses.
Governor Bagudu announced the donation of 5 million naira to the victims of the banditry attack in Sabon Birni.
Responding, Tambuwl commended Bagudu for the invaluable gesture and described the visit as mind soothing.
Tambuwal said that, he was excited with the uncommon show of love, support and solidarity by Gov Bagudu and his style of leadership in the state and at the national level as the chairman of APC progressive governors forum.
He also said that, Sokoto and Kebbi states were one and they will remain fraternally inseparable, adding, “whatever affects one , affects the other.”
Tambuwal expressed that, the Federal Government has positively responded to the ugly development in the state, as well as it’s neighbors, especially Zamfara state.
He restated his commitment to further secure the lives and property of the people of the state.
In a similar development, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu with his entourage, accompanied by his Sokoto State counterpart, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal were at the Palace of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, to condole him over the sad incident at Sabon Birni.
The governor said that, he was deeply touched and saddened by the unfortunate attack, which resulted in the loss of lives and properties.
Bagudu averred, “we are therefore at this prestigious and highly revered Palace to offer our sincere heatfelt sympathy on behalf of the government and people of Kebbi State.”
Bagudu further prayed for the repose of the souls lost in the distardly act of banditry, while also wishing the Sultan good health and prosperity on his throne.
He also acknowledged the role played by the Sultan in taking decisions that would ensure to curtail the spread of the raging Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), as well as in providing plausible solutions to the recurring security challenges in the country.
Respnding, the Sultan, thanked the Kebbi State Governor for the visit, even as he described the relationship between Kebbi and Sokoto states as cordial.
The Monarth said, “the extremely mutually beneficial cogent relationship has existed for long, while the two states are one, with similarities in religion and culture.”
While praying for the repose of the souls of those killed during the banditry attack, the Sultan also harped on the need for sustained unity amongst the two states.
The Sultan also acknowledged the ongoing concerted effort by the governors of the two brotherly states to bring to an end the obnoxious acts of banditry in the region.
He said, “they will continue to play their role as leaders and offer useful advice to leaders, to serve the people better.”
He warned that, COVID-19 was still around the corner, while appealing to the Governors to continue to take plausible measures to contain the spread of the disease.
The Chief of Staff Government House, Alhaji Muhammed Suleiman Argungu (Jarman Kabi), Permanent Secretary Government House, Alhaji Mustapha Gwandu, Alhaji Umar Sala Sambawa, State House of Assembly member representing Maiyama constituency, Alhaji Haruna Maitandu, Acting Chairman, State Pilgrims Welfare Agency, Special Advisers were among the governor’s entourage to Sokoto.
This was contained in a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Friday and signed by Mr Yahaya Sarki, the Special Adviser on Media to Kebbi State Governor.