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DOCTRINE OF SELF DEFENSE: GOD IS GRADUALLY VINDICATING GOVERNOR MATAWALLE

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ANALYSIS

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MANAGING EDITOR

• FRESH ATTACKS ARE MAKING PEOPLE OF ZAMFARA MORE SCARED

• CRITICS OF THE GOV’S DOCTRINE ARE KEEPING MUTE.

• SECURITY FORCES ARE PROBING TO BE IN-ACTIVE TO CONFRONT THE DEADLY ACTS OF THE BANDITS.

• ATTACKS IN ABUJA CAPITAL CITY SIGNAL THE COLLPASE OF THE NATION’S SECURITY ARCHITECTURE.

• WHAT MATTERS TO ZAMFARA PEOPLE IS SECURITY

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It is time again to discuss the rationale behind the declaration of the “DOCTRINE OF SELF DEFENSE” as enforced by the Governor of Zamfara state, Bello Muhammad Matawalle at the early beginning of this month of July 2022.

There are more than enough evidences which shows that the corporate security architecture of the country is threatened by the failure of the Nigerian security forces the military, police, and rest to do the right thing in securing the country.

Nigeria is bleeding from all direction and while the political elites feel undisturbed because they have the option of hiding at the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and continue to pretend that the circumstance is not as bad as people are broadcasting it. Now the war has been taken to their door steps right in the nation’s capital city and I believed they can now feel the pain.

Fortunately, for the critics of the Governor’s “doctrine of self-defense” the like of Chief of Defense Staff and rest, they are becoming mute and are no longer talking convincingly to the Nigerian people what is the best option to “self-defense”. This is given Governor Matawalle an offer hand to be believed by Nigerians that if the security forces cannot do it, the citizens need to be empowered to save their lives by themselves and there is no second option to this theory.

No one is happy with the sad development and indeed the failure of the security forces in this regard but their inability to get the problem addressed and with the increasing spate of the killings and abduction for ransom, the truth need to be told that other states hit by this deadly incident need to adopt same strategy of Bello Matwalle.

The Abuja-Kaduna train is no longer active and travelling through Abuja-Kaduna highway is now a dream to many of the political class due to the fear of the bandits.

The federal government has ordered for the closure of all Unity Schools in the FCT and following same steps, the Nasarawa State government has ordered for the closure of all schools simply because,  the fear of the bandits is now raising high to the grip and the elites are trying to become in touch with the reality that banditry is real.

Few days back they launched a deadly attack against the presidential guards and murderously killed active Nigerian officers while attempting to access the Nigerian law school at Bwari. We cannot forget the Kuje attack and the embarrassment it has caused to our nation’s security history.

While the argument against the decision of the Governor of Zamfara for the people to defend themselves was on high speed, the notorious bandits attacked the Presidential convoy inside the Katsina home state of the President and killed scores with many sustaining injuries.

For the citizens of Zamfara state, these form of attacks are not new to them because thousands of innocent lives have been lost to these types of armed  bandit brutality for close to a decade now and the same political class that are becoming awakened had nothing to share as pain to what is happening to the citizens of Zamfara state over the years.

From the time the declaration for the “DOCTRINE OF SELF DEFENSE” was enforced by the Zamfara Governor, there are dozens of scenario that occurred which are much more convincing that there is no better time Zamfara needed the enforcement of this doctrine than now.

Thunder Blowers a Zamfara based online media platform for instance, had reported on Thursday the murderous situation thousands of Gummi people are suffering for. In their report they mentioned that, for a week now, over (32) communities were dislodged and over (3,000) households including women and children have been forced out of their settlements.

We have also read painfully in their story that a traditional ruler, who suffered same attacks within the week under review, could not establish the whereabouts of his wives and children who might either be abducted by the bandits or moved out of their Bardoki settlements for unwanted migration.

People of Bukkuyum for the past three days are also suffering from the trauma of armed bandit attacks. Communities of Ruwan Jema, Yashi, Masama and Zarummai were all forced out of their homes by the bandits and today based on the reports we have received, displaced persons from these communities are roaming the streets of Bukkuyum town without any moral or psychological support.

On Monday, another group of bandits invaded Morai community in Talatar Mafara killed three persons and abducted twenty-seven others to an unknown destination.

As I write this article, bandits have taken over Shinkafi-Moriki-Kaura Namoda road and based on the information reaching this medium, they have abducted scores of people while many passengers were grip to fear even as the road was later cleared.

At a point, citizens of Zamfara are no longer thinking of conventional security forces when these types of attacks are carried out by the bandits because, they have the impression that they have nothing to offer in terms of engaging the bandits.

Today the highest thing the police will do is to respond to the media inquiries that police have mobilized tactical troops after people are murderously killed, or the army will arrive at the scene of the incident after the bandits have executed their brutality and left.

It is not in doubt that the state government has done its best in funding the operation by the security forces and also provided all the needed support required by the security agencies to end this traumatic situation of armed banditry.

Since the public confidence on the ability of the Nigerian security forces is diminishing,  the Governor who is driving on their mandate need to come up with an option of rebuilding their confidence and for me, the declaration of this doctrine is more or less the last resort for Matawalle and every well-meaning citizen of the state shall see reason to support it.

These fresh cases highlighted above are few out of many recent ones which affected hundreds of communities in Zamfara and the last hope of the people is the state government and because of the statutory constraints faced by the Governor in terms of laws and jurisdiction, the Governor has little to do and if he had to wait until the forces of the federal government have come to the aid of his people then there will be a bigger  problem to confront.

The recent solidarity rally often embarked by the coalition of the civil society groups supporting the declaration of the doctrine of self defense by Governor Bello Matawalle is actually a good step because, that will ginger the Governor to continue to take active measures within the confines of the law in making sure that his people are secured.

If the political class and indeed the elites can embrace similar strategy adopted by the coalition of the civil society groups in joining hands with the Governor, I think the forces of the federal government will see reasons why they should be more serious and alive to their responsibilities.

For now, the state government is alone and the casualties in terms of killings and abductions are at increase and no responsible leader can fold his hands and allow these murderous actions against his people to continue without any sensitive action instituted to avert the situation.

Just like the civil society activists told the Governor during their solidarity rally, in as per as the constitution of Nigeria give every citizen of Nigeria right to life, the Governor is free to work his ways in making sure that his people are secured throuh legitimate ways.

As for the issue of local security guards initiative, I believed Governor of Zamfara and indeed all other Governors in Nigeria shall see reason to wed into the argument of the Femi Falana that they should take advantage of their powers as managers of the Nigerian Police Council to came up with workable operational strategies that can enhance the job of the police so that they can support the local initiatives of the states to continue to do more because for now, people are not convinced with their operational efficiency.

As for the military I also agreed with the majority of the opinions that the army is reluctant in ending the war because of some bureaucratic constraints and corruption as alleged to some quarters and to a large extent, this is making people to loss hope day-in-day-out about the capacity of the Nigerian army to help end the menace of the armed banditry in North-Western Nigeria.

In my opinion, Governor Bello Matawalle is becoming vindicated by his declaration of the doctrine of self defense because things are moving from bad to worst with less to show in terms of the effort by the security forces to get to the end of these social problems.

We have to be realistic as citizens and play a corporate role without political bias because the bandits knew no member of the APC, PDP APGA or AP they cannot also separate between politician and voter, they strike at will and kill at their mercy.

May God help secure Zamfara state

 

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THREE FMR. GOVERNORS, MINISTERS, AND TOP APC POLITICIANS HEADS MATAWALLE APC CAMPAIGN COUNCIL

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Former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, Mahmud Aliyu Shinkafi and Ahmad Rufai Sani were among the prominent APC politicians that are to head the gubernatorial campaign council for the second term bid of Governor Bello Matawalle.

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Tijjani Yahaya Kaura and former Finance Minister Ambassador Bashir Yuguda are among the leaders of Zamfara APC gubernatorial campaign council.

The campaign council also has many former and serving senators, members of the Federal House of Representatives as well as serving and former ambassadors.

Abdulaziz Yari who is the Chairman of the Campaign Council has formally issued appointment letters to the hundreds of APC power brokers that are to work at the various campaign committees and subcommittees.

He charged the members of the campaign council to work harder and justify the confidence reposed on them by making sure that the Governor and indeed all the APC candidates are returned elected in the forthcoming 2023 election.

He also warned politicians and party supporters to shun political thuggery and conduct a campaign that violent free.
He further said his committee would not allow anybody to carry any kind of weapons except the security agencies that are mandated to do so.

He assured that the campaign council would conduct a hitch free campaign devoid of any thuggery activities.

Abdul Aziz Abubakar Yari appeals to the people of Zamfara state to ensure that APC candidates are massively given all the necessary votes to win election in 2023 general election.

He further charged the council members to redouble their efforts as the committee would work for the success of the party in the state.

He called on the other political parties in the state to emulate his committee by not allowing anybody, particularly the youth to carry dangerous weapons during their political campaign and charge security agencies not to spare anyone caught carrying weapons during the campaigns of the political parties in the state.

Also speaking during the occasion the director general of the campaign council who was a former Minister and Senator Alhaji Tijjani Yahaya kaura Namoda charge members to be vigilant and dedicated in the discharge of their responsibility as they have chosen based on merit; therefore they must lead APC to victory.

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ZAMFARA SEN. YAU INAUGURATES 2023 CAMPAIGN URGES CONSTITUENTS TO VOTE FOR TINUBU & ALL APC CANDIDATES

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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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ZAMFARA: WHY ENGR SULEIMAN GUMMI’S DESPERATE TACTICS WON’T SAVE PDP

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Yusuf Idris Gusau

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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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