Governor Abdulaziz Yari, on Thursday, December 27, reportedly threw his weights behind the call by some Nigerians on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a ‘state of emergency’ on Zamfara over alleged security issues.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor said this when he addressed newsmen at a press briefing in Gusau.
Yari said: “I am also in support of the declaration of state of emergency if it will save the lives of people of the state.”
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While warning politicians against politicising the disturbing security situation in the state, he said: “We are talking about the lives of our people and this needs the coming together of all, so that the crisis can end.
“If the provisions of my office had allowed me to carry arms against the bandits, l would have done so.
“But if I am not around, there are capable hands that collaborate with the security team in the fight against the bandits.
“The security men are doing their best.
“But, it is sad to know that some of the people involved in the kidnappings are close relatives or associates of the victims, which is part of the reasons the problem is persisting.
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“We must all come together and expose anyone or group that is part of these hoodlums, and we should also pray for Allah’s intervention.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that a group of concerned citizens of Zamfara called on the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the state.
The group lamented that in the last few years, Zamfara has been subjected to massacres and the killing of thousands of innocent citizens, mainly rural folks.
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