Governor of Zamfara state and Chairman of the Governors’ forum, Abdulazeez Yari, has said that the order by President Muhammudu Buhari to remove all military checkpoints nationwide has been reversed by the president himself.
Speaking to a correspondent of the Cable on Tuesday, June 23, the governor said: "The order was untimely because of the security challenges facing the States."
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He continued: “but Mr. President cited some incidents that happened at the military checkpoints but where necessary, he has given the chief of army staff the permission that they can continue especially in the north, south-east and the frontline states.”
The governor continued by naming the front-line states, saying that:“we discussed the issue of front-line states as regards insurgency: Borno, Yobe and Adamawa. The President briefed us on his meeting with the G7 countries, who have agreed to support the Nigerian government to fight the insurgency to the last.
“Also, it was noted that the insurgency has done so much damage to our infrastructure – schools, hospitals, and bridges. The president said he has put a committee in place to go and assess the situation and he has also made a commitment that he will not request money from any G7 country but support to rebuild the destroyed infrastructure.”
President Buhari had on Monday, June 22, ordered the immediate demolition of all military checkpoints across the country following a meeting with security chiefs.