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Press Statement on the 3rd National Day of Mourning and Remembrance of Victims of Mass Atrocities in Zamfara State,2020

Dear Patriots,
We stand before you today,the 28th day of May,2020 with much concern and pains as we mark the 3rd National Day of mourning in remembrance of all victims of violent killings across the country.Currently, at the epicenter of these crises is the ongoing violent killings in Kaduna,Katsina and some parts of Sokoto and Zamfara State in the North Western region of Nigeria.The mass atrocities are rapidly spiraling into a National catastrophe considering the situation in order part of the country.The problem of insecurity is threatening the very fiber of our nationhood.The theme of 2020: “WE ARE NOT AT WAR” STOP THE KILLINGS.
The resolved for a National Day of Mourning was consequent to the resolutions reached by over 100 Civil Society actors across Nigeria on 30th April,2018 at Abuja,to undertake a National Day of mourning as a symbolic action capable of registering citizens dissatisfaction with the state of our National security,since protests no longer seems to impact the conscience of our political elites.
The National Day of mourning is aimed at achieving the following objectives:
1. Stir the conscience of our political elites at National and state levels into developing the political will to protect the lives and properties of citizens through good governance based on transparency and accountability.
2. Express solidarity with the grieving communities and families of Zamfara State and Nigeria as well as acknowledge and accord dignity to every single Nigerian life that has been lost,or disrupted due to violent crises.
3. Rekindle our sense of nationhood by reminding ourselves,we are in this together and that the office of the citizens is the most powerful office that can be occupied in this State and country.
4. Assert as citizens,an end on our docility to no longer condone narratives that seek to divide us along ethnic or religious lines.
As Nigeria citizens,we remind the Governments at all levels that,Section 14(1)b of the 1999 Nigeria constitution as amended states that: the security and welfare of the citizens SHALL be the primary purpose of government and therefore,demand the following from Zamfara state and Federal Government of Nigeria:
1. An urgent review or complete overhaul of Nigeria security architecture at States and National level.
2. The initiation of a Government led process of documenting these deaths towards seeking accountability and prosecution of perpetrators.
3.The provision of social security for victims of mass atrocities in Nigeria including,IDPs, disabled persons, orphans,widows and other socially vulnerable groups in Zamfara,Katsina and other parts of Nigeria.
4. Provision of better welfare service package including psychosocial support for our gallant security personnel both alive and those that lost their lives in the line of duty in Nigeria.
5. We request for a review of the “peace accord ” signed by Zamfara and Katsina state government with the armed bandits to be in tandem with the present realities.
6. We advocate for the implementation of former IGP (M.D. Abubakar) recommendations on the report of mass atrocities in Zamfara State submitted to the Executive Governor over 
7 months ago. The perpetrators should be prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others and avoid reprisals and future occurrences.
8. We advocate for the development of a strategy aim at reorientation, rehabilitation, reintegration and empowerment of the repented bandits in Zamfara state.
9. We urged the government and security agencies to intensify efforts in the disarmament of the bandits and locals for the sustainability of peace and stability in Zamfara state.
As mentioned at the beginning of this statement,this is a citizen’s driven movement that is entirely non partisan and not skewed to any ethnic or religious leaning.In the spirit of national unity and patriotism,we therefore call all Zamfara State people to play their roles as occupants of the office of the citizens in joining us to commemorate this special event in their LGAs and communities.Long live Zamfara state,Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Signed by:

Adamu Abubakar Kotorkoshi
Executive Director
Centre for Community Excellence (CENCEX) Zamfara state


State Coordinator,
Human Rights Agenda Network (HRAN)-Zamfara State.

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The Senator representing Zamfara North Sahabi Alh Yau has inaugurate his 2023 campaign at Kaura Namoda local government area, the headquarters of the Senatorial zone.

The campaign inauguration was attended by hundreds of party supporters and well-wishers who joined the campaign rally with jubilation.

The Senator who expressed satisfaction with the effort he has put in place so far in delivering to his 2019 campaign promises assured that if provided the opportunity again, he will do more to consolidate from what he has done and ensure that more federal opportunities are brought to the door steps of his constituents.

He took time to make a review of his stewardship and thanked his constituents for given him the opportunity to represent them at the Nigeria’s upper chamber.

On the APC Presidential candidature, Sen. Yau in insisted that, Tinubu and Shetima Presidential candidature is the best option for Nigeria especially with the effort put in place by the Buhari led administration and why the gesture need to be sustained.

He urged people of his constituency to massively vote for Tunubu and Shatima as well as all the APC candidates across the board.

AFormer Governor Mahmuda Shinkafi, former Sen. Tijjani Yahaya and a host of other prominent personalities from the Zone attended the campaign Flag off.

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Yusuf Idris Gusau


This is no doubt the best of times for the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State.

The party and its many candidates deserve the sympathy of all for the current situation it finds itself in.

Having lost all hopes of making any impact in the forthcoming general elections, it has resorted to untoward means, behaving like a bull in a china shop, destroying anything and everything in its way.

But how can a party of PDP’s standing, which has been in power at some points for many years and its candidates behave like deranged women whose kids have suddenly gone missing?

In this moment of madness, there should be a sane member within the lot who could rein them in; a rallying figure who could calm the fraying nerves.

But when a ranking member of one of the country’s highest law making body, the House of Representatives, Suleiman Abubakar Gummi’s joined the fray, it then becomes obvious that the situation is irredeemable.

The party, as it were, is doomed and at a dire point of no return.

The honourable member of the House of Representatives has swelled the number of the PDP’s attack dogs whose targets include the ruling party and the state chief executive, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

In a press statement he recently signed on behalf of “PDP candidates” titled “On critical national alert” Gummi went the “dishonourable” path by throwing decorum to the wind and lunched viral attacks on person and personality of Governor Matawalle with no iota of respect for his seat as the father of the state.

In doing so he deployed uncouth, crude and abusive language symptomatic of those low level maniacs unleashed at every opportunity as dogs of war.

But why will anyone be surprised at the action of this charlatan who forgot that his behavior could rob off on the integrity of the lower chamber he represents and taint the reputation of his colleagues in that reputable and respected institution? He is PDP member in the state after all and their stock in trade is to cause breach of peace in the state.

In the said press statement, Gummi went a rigmarole quoting the respected late social crusader, Martins Luther King and dancing around in circle.

From all his outing and vituperations, the only take away was the supposed arrest on Monday, November 28, of the party’s candidate for Zamfara central senatorial district, Alhaji Ikira Aliyu Bilbis by the police on charges of vandalism, which he claimed were trumped up.

In trying to elicit public sympathy to himself and co-travelers, he lumped the current issue with the earlier arrest of the Nigeria Union of Journalists chairman in the state but as usual, his effort failed to invoke the emotion and public outcry he had envisaged.

But let us even give him the benefit of the doubt and interrogate the issues his outing threw up. He has informed the public why Bilbis was arrested, but said the charges were “trumped up”. Really?

How did Gummi who is a lawmaker come about such a position over an issue that is before a court of law? Why is he in a hurry to clear the accused even before the court adjudicate on the matter.

The police even from Gummi’s statement did the needful by arresting Bilbis. They (police) did not hold him or keep him for long in their cell but charged him to court after their investigation.

The onus is therefore on the accused to exonerate and clear himself of the allegations.

The court even went ahead to grant him bail as Gummi testified in his statement. So why is it anybody’s fault if the accused failed to meet the bail condition? And because his associate failed to meet the stipulated condition to effect his release, Gummi is now accusing the judge and police of being tools in the hands of Matawalle in his alleged witch hunt of the opposition.

If a sitting governor is desirous in tackling an opponent who is clearly linked with a crime it would have been easy to clamp such person in police custody and claim that investigation is still ongoing as has been the case everywhere.

However, in this case, the police did not waste anytime in charging the accused to court where he is expected to defend himself. The court and its presiding judge should be commended for the expressway it granted the accused bail instead of being needlessly vilified like Gummi is doing.

His allegation that Matawalle was trying to muzzle the main opposition to whittle down their power and influence in the forthcoming elections is laughable because the PDP is not in reckoning and not a threat to APC in anyway.

He even went ahead to list those he thinks Matawalle will go after including the party’s governorship candidate, Lawal Dauda Dare. Waoo! Is this not absurd? Is Lawal Dare even in contention for the governorship race with all the court cases dangling over his head?

The so called governorship is still traumatized over his defeat at the federal high court, which nullified the primary that produced him and recently, the Appeal court.

It is fundamental to note that his ordeals were from his own very party and has nothing to do with Governor Matawalle. So it’s absurd to blame others for PDP’s misfortune and allege that anyone would hunt it’s candidates whose political future are uncertain.

And resorting to violence as a means to an end like the party and its members have been doing could only heighten the already tensed atmosphere which Matawalle has been working round-the -clock to manage.

The billboard saga wasn’t the only violent imprints the party has left on its route to 2023, a rally at its governorship candidate’s home had led to lost of Iives even as many were wounded. It’s sad that Gumi left out such important development from his statement.

As per the NUJ chairman which Gummi tried unsuccessfully to lump Bilbis case with to draw inspiration, he should have done the needful by telling the public the background of the affected person and the circumstances leading to such state of affairs to enable them appreciate and interrogate the issue based on its merit.

It’s imperative that Gummi calls a press conference or issue another statement to shedlight on the matter.

Having come from an honourable family, one would have thought Gumi will keep the legacy of the parental training we thought he received, unfortunately, even if he had such grooming as he was growing up, elements of bad politics and the fear of losing in the upcoming 2023 general elections have infuriated to throw away his sensibilities and turn disrespectful, dishonourable and regardless.

Certainly, with the overwhelming wind of mass support and mass mobilization going on in the APC, the likes of Gumi will not even be noticed when the electorate cast their votes to bring in APC at all levels in the coming elections.

As it were, rep Gummi achieved nothing by his recent desperate tactics. The PDP is doomed and irredeemable, and by 2023 the party will go into permanent extinction in Zamfara State.

Yusuf Idris Gusau
APC Publicity Secretary
Zamfara State
4th November, 2022

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Former Governor of Zamfara State Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar has paid a condolence visit to Sen. Aliyu Magatakarda WAMMAKO over the demise of his wife.

Yari who described the deceased as God-fearing and devoted Muslim who has offered much serving humanity.

He urged the husband and indeed the family to take solace and consider the exit of the deceased as a call to eternity.

He prayed for God almighty to grant her Jannatul Firdausi and blessed what she has left behind.

Sen. Aliyu Wammako thanked the former Governor and his entourage for the condolence visit and prayed for God almighty to bless them accordingly.T

he former Governor has among his entourage Amb. Abdulrahaman Buba Kwacham among many other prominent personalities.

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