President Buhari declares Zamfara No-Fly Zone, bans mining; Governor Matawalle disagrees with FG

Governor Bello Matawalle and President Muhammadu Buhari

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State in his reaction to the declaration of his state as a “No fly zone” by President Muhammadu Buhari, said that the Federal Government don’t understand the situation.

Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), the National Security Adviser, had on Tuesday after the National Security Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, announced that the FG had banned mining activities in Zamfara State due to the high spate of insecurity in the state.

Monguno noted that defense and intelligence organisations had been charged not to allow the country slide into anarchy.

“We can no longer afford to lose lives while operating within the legalities. We are not going to be blackmailed. The government has the responsibility to assert its will.

“Citizens can reside wherever they want to. Anybody who is a criminal should be brought to book. The president has also warned against ethnic profiling. We have have enough of chaos.

“Any individual that thinks he can cause disunity, should have a rethink,” he said.

However, Governor Matawalle in his reaction to the development when the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi, visited him said; “It seems the security council doesn’t understand where the nature of the security problems in Zamfara state but if they decided to take such action let them go ahead.

“I’m not afraid of any body and the problem of insecurity in the state predated my administration.

“Nigerians are waiting to see the outcome of the security council resolution to see if these bandits would be crushed. If the federal government fails to crush them after this resolution, then Nigerians will understand that they only sat and serve themselves tea, nothing more,” he said.

He further noted that he had investigated those behind the abduction of the over 300 schoolgirls of the Government Girls Secondary School, Jengebe, Zamfara State last Friday.

Matawalle had stated that Nigerians would be shocked to learn about those behind the abduction of the innocent girls.

Dr. Fayemi who was accompanied to the meeting by Governor Atiku Bagude of Kebbi State, said that FG and states must work hard to put an end to the spate of kidnapping in Nigeria.

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