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Opinion: Gov. Matawalle, The banditry Question and Vendetta of Politics



Zailani Bappa
It has been a few weeks since Zamfara state Governor initiated the measure of suspending  telecommunications services in the state as part of measures taken to curtail the excesses of bandits in the state. He has been accused severally by self acclaimed humanists and arm chair critics, most of whom do not even have a grasp of the map of Zamfara state lest even know the reality of its social setting. 

We have battled with these type of critics who, nonetheless, were overwhelmingly ignored by Nigerians because they know them. Some of them are professional critics on matters they know little or nothing about but are pampered by a section of the media to further compound Nigeria’s effort at solving its multifaceted  and challenging problems.

The latest measure taken by Zamfara State government to further nip in the bud the  lingering problem of insecurity was a child of necessity. This has been acknowledged and supported by all well meaning residents of the State. The are states bordering Zamfara who initially had no intention to follow the same path, but saw the wisdom in doing so, did. Those who said they won’t,  later did as well.

It is not wise to divulge much on the operation as it continues, but suffice to say that most of the dreaded bandit enclaves in Zamfara state are either routed today or are in complete disarray. Their backbone who are their informants have been greatly incapacitated with not less than 2,000 of them arrested so far. Note that before mow, most of them are known by the villagers where they reside but cannot be pointed out  due to fear.

As the operation lasts, and as the successes recorded are clearly unprecedented, just like the arm chair critics, some worn-out politicians from the zone who have been instructively mute in the past when the bandits held sway, have today found their tongues released from captivity and are bent on discrediting it and its initiator, Governor Bello Mohammed.

No doubt, the measure is stringent, but it has become necessary at this time which the public have acknowledged and welcomed. It is also not in doubt that His Excellency has put a vehicle in place to ease the suffering of the people by mobilizing palliatives across the state. This will most certainly reach the people intended whether the Governor is in the state or not . The exigencies of administration is clear and its mis application by those who have followed the oath is therefore most unfortunate and all time low.

Governor Matawalle is not responsible for the sprouting and  the subsequent maturity of banditry in the state or the North-West zone. But he is acknowledged even by our respected  President Muhammadu Buhari as a dogged leader who is doing the right thing to end the problem he inherited in the state with honesty and commitment.

It is rather unfortunate that when politicians fail in their popularity bait, try to pull down a rising star in their desperate attempt to once again shine. The current pace of fight against banditry will definitely continue. The vision of Governor Bello Mohammed cannot be dimmed by such opportunistic critics or politicians. With God on our side and with the continued support of our people, we shall succeed.
Zailani writes from Gusau


ACF hails Gov. Yusuf 50% slash down of school fees, says the move is exemplary



The Arewa Consultative Forum( ACF) has hail the 50% reduction of school fees for indigent students by the incumbent Governor, of Kano State, Abba Kabir Yusuf as exemplary and worthy to emulate by other governor’s.

Gov. Yusuf has recently cut down 50% reduction in the registration fee for the 2023/2024 academic session for all Kano State indigenes studying regular courses at the Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil, Yusuf Maitama Sule University Kano, Sa’adatu Rimi University of Education, Kumbotso, Audu Bako College of Agriculture, Dambatta and other state owned tertiary institutions accross the state to cushion  the worsening economic situation people have been going through. 

While reacting to the governor’s initiative, the Chairman of the forum, Dr. Goni Farouk Umar  described the decision as both revolutionary and a hallmark of visionary leadership. 

He noted with delight the Kano State government’s resolve to restore its foreign scholarship programme designed to sponsor 1001 best graduates which demonstrates the government compassion that resulted in the payment of N700million registration fees for 700 Kano State students at the Bayero University Kano. 

The ACF leader noted that both the slashing of the fees in state owned institutions, and the off-setting of the BUK fees would go along way to ease the burden on parents and the students occasioned by the current economic hardship. 

Dr  Umar who describe education as power, and pivot in society’s advancement, prayed for the successful implementation of the government’s pro-poor education policies.

 He also appealed to all sections of the community to support educational development in all facets. 

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Nigeria’s President Tinubu say’s country’s pilgrim who return $80,000 to owner in Saudi is a pride of all.



President of Nigeria, Mr  Ahmed Bola Tinubu will honour Zamfara pilgrim Hajiya A’ishatu ‘Yan Guru Nahuce who found $80,000 in Saudi Arabia during the last Hajj exercise and return the money to it’s rightful owner. Chairman Zamfara State Hajj Commission, Alhaji Musa Mallaha has revealed.

Mallaha disclosed that the president is overwhelmed by the act of honesty exhibited by the female pilgrim hence he directed the National Hajj Commission to organize a national press conference to interview the woman for record keeping while in Saudi.

When the directives was given by the president according to Mallaha, the woman was already airlifted back to Nigeria adding that arrangements are in top gear to ensure the presidential directives is implemented as soon as possible.

Mr. Mallaha who revealed that president Tinubu expressed delight and pointed out that Hajiya Nahuce has brought respect and honour to her country Nigeria said the commission’s preparation towards the national press conference in Nigeria now will include the State governor, Dauda Lawan keying into the activities.

Mallaha further said that her honesty is a pride to all Muslims accross the globe.

The woman during the last excise stumbled into the money while performing Tawaff at the Ka’abah, she said that she kick the bag of the money to a distance for fear of been trample upon if she bow down to pick it up because of the large crowd. An Arab Pilgrim who saw her action pick the bag and gave it to her thinking that it was hers.

Mrs. Nahuce who was sponsored to Hajj by her son’s revealed that it was her first trip to the holy land.

She further revealed in an interview that, she took the money to the officials of her local government Hajj commission and handed it over. The officials met Saudi Authorities and within few days the owner was found and the money was returned to him.

She commented that she was not aware of the magnitude of her action until she was back home to Nigeria where she understands that the news went viral before her arrival

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Nigerian Army neutralize 7 bandits, comb bush for others in Zamfara



Nigerian Army neutralized seven Armed Bandits while several others flee with gunshots wounds in the late hours of Monday. 

The bandits in large number according to reliable source attempted to infiltrate and attack the troops at Kango Sabuwa. The gallant troops of Sector 1 Operation Hadarin Daji in conjunction with troops deployed at Forward Operating Base Wanke were steps ahead of them.

This was achieved by the troops in an ambush operation along the route suspected to be used by the Bandits.

The troops Shortly after the encounter proceeds in pursuit of other fleeing wounded bandits, recovered 1 Machine Gun, ammunition and 6 Motorcycles from the armed bandits.

The Commander Joint Task Force Northwest Operation Hadarin Daji, Major General Godwin Mutkut commends the troops for their bravery and resilience in dealing with the Armed Bandits.

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