- Governor Aminu Masari has admitted that he has failed to protect his people in Katsina
- Katsina has been under siege by bandits for several weeks with security agencies unable to quell the attacks
- Protests have also rocked the state in recent days as residents blame government for not protecting them
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina says he has failed in protecting the residents of the state from bandits.
The governor's comment is coming weeks after sustained attacks by bandits in various parts of the state, which sparked widespread outrage and violent protests in the state.
Speaking with reporters at the government house in Katsina, Masari said he is not happy because his people have never had rest since he came on board as governor.
He said the bandits were “worse than animals” because they kill people in the state indiscriminately.
His words: “I cannot look at them in the face because we have failed to protect them, contrary to our pledge to ensure the security of lives and property throughout the state.
“I never expected the behaviour and the attitude of people living in the forests, the bandits, whose behaviour is worse than that of animals.
“In the forest, a lion or a tiger kills only when it is hungry and it doesn’t kill all animals, it only kills the one it can eat at a time.
“But what we see here is that bandits come to town, spray bullets, kill indiscriminately for no purpose and no reason whatsoever, like the recent massacre of people at Faskari and parts of Dandume local government area.”
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently assured the people and government of Katsina of renewed efforts to improve the security of lives and property in the state, and other parts of the country.
The president gave the assurance in a meeting with Governor Masari, at the State House Abuja on Thursday, June 4.
He said bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state, and across the country, will not be spared.
Despite the president's assurances, the killings by the bandits have continued unabated almost on a daily basis.
Instead of tackling the issue headlong as it promised, the presidency has now resulted in blame games.
Garba Shehu, a media aide to President Buhari, was quoted to have said some of the traditional rulers in Katsina were aiding the bandits.
The media aide failed to provide evidence or give an account of such monarchs who have been arrested by security operatives.
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