PDP rejects no-fly-zone on Zamfara, claims FG plotting to impose state of emergency

PDP rejects no-fly-zone on Zamfara, claims FG plotting to impose state of emergency

- The PDP has condemned the federal government's declaration of Zamfara state as a no-fly zone

- According to the main opposition party, the no-fly zone policy is a plot by the FG to take over Zamfara state

- The federal government had imposed the no-fly zone policy in a bid to tackle the state's security threats

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the federal government's declaration of Zamfara state as a no-fly zone.

The Nigerian government had taken the action as part of its efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.

The National Security Adviser (NSA), Babagana Monguno disclosed on Tuesday, March 2, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had also banned mining activities in Zamfara to stop the rising insecurity.

No-fly zone: PDP alleges plot to takeover Zamfara state
PDP claims FG is plotting to take over Zamfara state by imposing no-fly zone. Photo credit: @BashirAhmaad
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However, the opposition party in a statement on Wednesday, March 3, claimed that the no-fly zone policy is a plot by the APC-led federal government to take over Zamfara state which is under the control of the PDP.

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The PDP further alleged that the plot involves the “imposition of an orchestrated state of emergency in the state.”

The party said the plot heightened when the governor of Zamfara, Bello Matawalle refused an alleged pressure to decamp to the APC.

The PDP said it rejects the attempt to blame Governor Matawalle for the insecurity in the state, adding that the security challenges are sprouting up due to the failures of the APC-led federal government.

The party added that there is escalated banditry, terrorism, kidnapping and other forms of violent acts in APC-controlled states such as Kaduna and Katsina, yet no attempt has been made by the federal government to declare such states as “no-fly zone”.

It, therefore, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to abandon what it called a selective approach and go back to the drawing board and adopt a holistic approach to quell the prevailing insecurity.

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In a related development, Governor Matawalle has rejected the federal government's decision to declare Zamfara state as a no-fly zone.

The Zamfara state governor was quoted as saying:

“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 anybody and the problem of insecurity in the state predated my administration."


Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_

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