By Ibrahim Kaulahi, Gusau
Following the recent escalation and the wave of attacks by bandits in some parts of the State, it has become necessary for the Government to further explain its previous and current position as well as additional measures being taken to contain the situation.
This was made known in a press briefing by the Special Adviser, Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication, Malam Zailani Bappa, stressing that Governor Bello Matawalle accords security a topmost attention.
According Bappa, since the inception of the present Matawalle-led administration precisely two years ago, it has carefully examined the situation and evaluated the available options. It consequently decided on the best way to address the lingering crisis that was increasingly assuming intercommunal and ethnic dimensions through dialogue and reconciliation with the feuding parties.
He further said, “This is in consideration of the fact that no meaningful development could be achieved if decisive and workable steps are not taken to address the problem at hand.
“This is in addition to the dialogue and reconciliation programme, the administration of Governor Bello Matawalle had provided all the needed support required by our security agencies to enable them carry out their statutory responsibility more effectively.
“As you may recall, one of these was the procurement and distribution of 200 brand new vehicles to the security forces as there were host of other supports being extended to the security forces by the administration.
“In spite of employment of both kinetic and non-kinetic strategies to defeat this nagging problem, the recent escalation in attacks by bandits in some parts of the State was a serious source of concern. It appears, or even certain, that some forces are bent on frustrating the efforts of this administration to address the security challenges.
“It is inconceivable that these attacks have been conducted despite effective deployment of troops across all the blackspots in the State. In this light, the Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Alh. Abubakar Muhammad Dauran, had observed that part of the hurdles hindering the success of the fight against banditry in the State was the lack of quick response by the Security forces”, Malam Bappa has explained.
He further explained that, the Government was aware of the challenges faced by security commands especially as they seemed obviously overstretched. In spite of the obvious shortfall, Government requests that special consideration should be given to Zamfara State in terms of the deployment of more forces for quicker response to all security threats.
“Just as His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle commends the overall assessment of gallant troops and other security operatives in the state, the Government of Zamfara State will always appreciate President Buhari for the total support on the plight of Zamfara citizens in the ongoing fight against banditry”, the Special Adviser has added.