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We Must Negotiate With Bandits For Peace To Reign – Matawalle
Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has said dialogue remains the best option to end banditry in the country.
Mohammed said this while responding to questions from newsmen in Yola, Adamawa State capital, on Thursday. The governor was in Adamawa on an official visit to witness the inauguration of Phase II rural roads projects and distribution of maintenance equipment held at Kuva-Gaya in Hong Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the best option to douse tension and bring an end to banditry in Zamfara and beyond is to subscribe to dialogue. He maintained that the dialogue option was not meant to fight for those that refused to repent, but the government is using carrot and stick approaches.
Ganduje To FG: Ban Foreign Herders Now
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has advised the federal government to ban foreign herders from coming to Nigeria to tame rising insecurity.
He also said it was wrong to tag all herders as criminals, adding that many Fulani are doing legitimate business of rearing animals and needed the support of various stakeholders to do it better.
Ganduje also faulted the recent comment by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State who said the North-West governors were working at cross purposes, hence the escalation of security challenges in the region.
Why Church Should Be Involved In Politics — Ekweremadu
A former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described the indifference of churches and devout Christians toward politics as self-exclusion from nation-building.
He said the active involvement of church in politics would foster development, national identity and create stability in society. Ekweremadu stated this in a paper titled ‘The Role of the Church and Politician in Politics and Democratic Nation-Building’, which he delivered at the Standing Committee forum of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Church), which held at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, Anambra State on Thursday.
The senator, who was represented by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Professor Offornze Amucheazi, equally enjoined Christians in politics to be exemplary and lead by biblical principles.
‘Don’t Exclude The North From Nation’s Financial Life’ – ACF Writes CBN
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has written to the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, alleging that states in the northern region are financially marginalised.
In a letter signed by its national chairman, Audu Ogbeh, ACF lamented that the government’s policy of financial inclusion aimed at the grassroots may not succeed in the north.
Ogbeh said the Microfinance Banks that are looked upon to serve the majority of the people all over the country are not properly positioned to do this in the north.
Bauchi Gov: Herders Have No Option But To Carry AK-47
Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has said Fulani herders are compelled to carry firearms in self-defence.
Speaking during the Press Week Celebration organised by Correspondents’ Chapel of Nigeria Union Journalists Bauchi State Council, the governor said the arms prevent cattle rustlers from killing them and taking away their cows. Mohammed said the failure of the government to protect the herders made them resort to self-help.
He said: “Because the Fulani man is practising the tradition of pastoralism, he has been exposed to the vagaries of the forest, cattle rustlers who carry guns, kill him and take away his commonwealth, which is the cows. He has no option than to carry AK47 because the society and the government are not protecting him, what is his fault; it’s the fault of the government and the people. You don’t criminalize all of them, because, in every tribe, there are criminals.”
Ganduje: I Think El-Rufai Doesn’t Understand The Issue Of Insecurity
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has alleged that his Kaduna Counterpart, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, is either misunderstood or ill-informed on the insecurity affecting the north.
In an interview with BBC, El-Rufai had said the lack of synergy on how to tackle banditry is fuelling it. But speaking on Radio France International on Thursday, Ganduje said he once spoke with El-Rufai and the governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity.
He said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. Ganduje said Bauchi and Kaduna governments sent representatives to a meeting where insecurity was discussed and strategies adopted, wondering what prompted El-Rufai’s remark.
“To me, I think he (el-Rufai) doesn’t understand the issue very well. Because every security challenge depends on its peculiarity. No matter our cooperation, how we tackle insecurity differs… In Kaduna, there are ethnic and religious issues. This is Kaduna’s issue, every security challenge in each state depends on efforts of the state and security agents with its people.
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