- Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state is set to be honoured as Nigeria's security icon
- Matawalle was singled out for altering the status quo in governance
- The organisers of the award said Matawalle has already created a path for other governors to follow in helping to quench the fire of insecurity in their domains
The Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle, is set to be bestowed with the prestigious award as “Security Icon of the Year” for 2019.
The award which will be given to the governor by TheNigerian News Group is in appreciation of the effect Matawalle has made to restore peace and tranquillity in Zamfara state - previously riddled with banditry, kidnap and other criminal vices.
Speaking on the award, the organisers said since taking over the helm of affairs from Abdulaziz Yari on May 29, Matawalle earned wave review for his unorthodox, progressive and charismatic leadership style, especially in the area of security.
A statement by the group managing director of the TheNigerian News, David Onmeje, said with improved collaboration between the military and other security agencies, banditry has been brought to the barest minimum in Zamfara state.
Onmeje said Matawalle was singled out for altering the status quo in governance.
Whilst other governors play politics with the lives of the citizenry, Mr Onmeje noted that Matawalle has taken upon himself to rally round major stakeholders including the youths, security agencies, political leaders and other key institutions to restore peace to Zamfara state.
Onmeje further revealed that Matawalle has already created a path for other governors to follow in helping to quench the fire of insecurity in their domains.
“His Excellency, Dr Bello Muhammed Matawalle, the Executive Governor of Zamfara State inherited a state crippled and strangulated by awful insecurity fuelled by the satanic activities of armed bandits and cattle rustlers,” Onmeje said.
“However, within an unbelievably short time, the Governor was able to demobilize and suppress the forces of evil against the state. He fearlessly and boldly confronted the veiled, but dreaded forces promoting insecurity in Zamfara state," he added,
He also said that the governor is recognised for his genuineness of purpose and dexterity in the discharge of his duties and a remarkable synergy with the military and other security agencies to protect vulnerable children and women from terror sects.
He also said the governor succeeded in ensuring youth rehabilitation and empowerment initiatives in the state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that troops of the Nigerian Army had killed over 100 bandits in Zamfara state.
The soldiers were also said to have recovered a lot of weapons from the criminals and rescued at least 10 people kidnapped by the suspected criminals.
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