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Editor's note: In this piece, a Sokoto-based public affair analyst, Hamid Shinkafi, writes about the banditry in Zamfara state and the lifestyle of the former governor Abdulaziz Yari, despite being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) over an alleged corruption case preferred against him.
During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killing of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari's farm.
It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce jet.
In the same vein, Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture, which led to the breakdown of law and order has portrayed the presidency in a bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.
The approval of the use of the NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari, which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA), further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.
Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.
The National Security Adviser has yet again confirmed the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advice for the declaration for a "No-fly Zone" in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.