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HOW ZAMFARA COMMUNITY SUBSTITUTE BANDITRY WITH CHEIFTAINCY TITLE

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At the wake of the growing concern raised by stakeholders in Zamfara state over the lingering security challenges hitting the state, people of Yandoto community and environs have developed their “community home-based strategy” of engaging the bandits to broker for peace.

This time around it was not using fire arms to fight for peace but another form of peace accord which translated to substitution of violent actions of kidnapping, raping and killing with the award of a legitimate chieftaincy title”.

A week before sallah celebration precisely, there was a negotiation entered into between the people of Yandoto and environs with some group of bandits led by Adamu Alieru a popular bandit leader who had been terrorizing communities in both Zamfara and part of Katsina state.

After the peace treaty, the community people suggested that to strengthen the tie, the bandit leader should be honored with a title of “Sarkin Fulanin Yandoton Daji”.

The idea was to bring him and his people closer to the communities and also let him understand that, since he was born and brought up in the area, there is no reason why he should take arms against his innocent community people.

He was turbaned on Saturday at Yandoton Daji and to show appreciation to the community for the honor done to him, he invited hundreds of his Fulani kinsmen who before this initiative see no reason to associate with the locals.

At the venue of the event, he stressed that henceforth he will do his best to ensure that the Yandoto area and environ has been secured and people go about their normal businesses without any harm.

He also asked the communities to go about their farming activities without hesitation, while assuring them of their safety.

One of the community leaders interviewed during the ceremony Alh Bala Yandoto said, government or any of its agents was not involved in the initiative because the community believed since all measures taken by the authorities have failed the community needs to come up with a home base idea that will proper solution to their security problem.

“We deliberately sidelined the government in this initiative, but we believed we have to take careful steps to negotiate for our peaceful co-existence with these people.

Remember Ado Alieru was born here, and their parents are still with us but due to some grievances they moved against us, and now we have to develop local initiative that will unite us with them without the use of arms and ammunition”.

“Remember the government said we shall take arms to legitimately defend ourselves, but we in Yandoton Daji we felt we don’t need to take arms what is important, is to initiate ways of integrating these people back to normal life, and we came up with this initiative, and it is working and by the grace of God peace shall return to our environment”.

Another resident of Mada town Bello Dan Sarki who also attended the ceremony said, “before this initiative, we hardly go to our farms because a step outside your town you will be kidnapped or killed but now that Ado Alieru is honored I doubt if he can disregard the honor again, and instead he will make sure that the communities that honored him are protected certainly”.

A security source interviewed by this medium on this development said anonymously that, “government and indeed the security agencies are not aware of this move. It is purely a community-driven initiative which was welcomed by all of them and there is nothing one can do since they are comfortable with the arrangements”.

“You can remember before the recent peace initiative, Mada town was almost dislodged by these bandits, the same thing with Yandoton Daji and many neighboring villages. But since after the peace accord we entered into before Sallah, normalcy has been restored and the peace accord with them has finally manifested to award of chieftaincy title”.

“You can see the number of Fulani that accompanied him to the turbanning ceremony today. They are over one thousand all in solidarity and as a result, you have heard the commitment he gave which further gave us the rest of mind.

Almost all the government actors contacted by this medium said government was not aware of the initiative and was also not involved, but rather it is purely a community-driven idea which may be applied by other places to regain peace.

A security expert based in Kano Jibril Aliyu when contacted by this medium said, community approach to solving social problems like the insecurity is always the best option because majorly home-grown socio-economic problem required homes-based solution and if that is what will bring solution, government should encourage that for peace to reign.

Now Ado Aleru is officially the “Sarkin Fulani of Yandoton Daji”

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CAMPAIGN C’TTEE CLARIFIES PHOTO OF GAMJIN GUSAU WITH FMR. ZAMFARA GOV. SEN. SANI YARIMA

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The PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal has denied the comments made by some unscrupulous political agents on the social media that his meeting with the former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima in london has some political inclination.

Gamjin Gusau who spoke through his campaign team said, he has never met with Yarima in England to discuss politics rather he and Yarima met at a Friday mosque where the wedding of the son of the former Governor was conducted.

“Gamjin Gusau met with the former Governors of Zamfara and Gombe Ahmad Sani Yarima and Danjuma Goje after a Friday prayer in London and as Muslims they waited and exchanged pleasantries”.

“Apart from exchanging pleasantries, no discussion of whatever kind politics or otherwise took place between Gamjin Gusau and former Governor of Zamfara Ahmad Sani Yarima”.

As regard to the rumor that Dauda is planning to defect to the APC the campaign team of Gamjin Gusau said “ this type of reasoning is the least of what the common sense can accept. Gamji is a gubernatorial candidate of the PDP in Zamfara , and he has no business whatsoever with the APC since his motive is to ensure that the APC is defeated out of power come 2023 in Zamfara state”.

The campaign committee, alleged that “APC is sponsoring this campaign of calumny because the power brokers within the party have lost control of the affairs of Zamfara and they are scary of the growing popularity of the PDP”.

The campaign committee therefore urged the public to disregard such political insinuation because it is a figment of imagination of the people of doom”.

Gamjin Gusau urged the teeming PDP supporters to continue to work tirelessly in ensuring the success of the PDP, noting that because Zamfara PPD is waxing stronger, APC is busy spreading lies and rumors that are meant to cause confusion in the polity.

He thanked the well-wishers for their concern and assured them of his commitment to continue to spread the good manifestation of the PDP considering it’s growing political popularity in the state.

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PDP DENIES SUSPENDING SHATIMAN RIJIYA

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The Secretary of Sabon Gari ward Alh Sani Ahmad Shatima has alleged that there was no executive committee meeting of the ward that took place which resulted to the suspension of the state secretary of the party.

According to the letter addressed to the state Chairman of the PDP dated 31/7/2022 copy which was issued to this medium, the Secretary asked the party to dis-regard such letter because it was a mere figment of imagination.

“Such forged letter that was viral on social media on 30/07/2022 should be disregarded in totality and appropriate measure should be taken to deal with such unscrupulous elements that were sponsored by opposition to tear our noble party apart”.

He also asked the Chairman to past track action aimed at arresting the situation and get the matter resolved amicably in the interest of the party.

He insisted that what the party PDP needed is to move in unity and ensure that it has succeeded in the battle ahead of the 2023.

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ZAMFARA FMR. DEP. GOV MUKHTAR ANKA CAUTIONS OVER APC LEADERSHIP CRISES

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The former Director General in the administration of Governor Abdulaziz Yari in Zamfara state Junaidu Muhammad Anka had cautioned the former Deputy Governor Mukhtar Ahmad Anka not allow some desperate politicians to use him and ignite crises of division within the All Progressive Congress in Anka.

Junaidu Anka who spoke during a Thunder Blowers TV show Da Wache Kazo insisted that those trying to raise this unnecessary controversy over who lead the APC in Anka is uncalled-for since the tradition of political hierarchy is obvious.

“By convention Sen. Lawal Daniya is the high-ranking politician and by implication he is the party leader in Anka and there is no reason for anyone to doubt this submission “.

“Those trying to use Mukhtar Anka as tools to ignite political tension within APC in Anka are real enemies of the party because there is no reason why this issue shall be risen for now”.

“Even where Sen. Daniya decided to resign from this status by convention member state house of assembly Yusuf Muhammad Anka is supposed to shoo-in as the APC leader in Anka so I don’t understand why some people are trying to drag the former Deputy Governor into unnecessary political log-jam”.

“The former Deputy Governor is supposed to understand that, by his status he is more or less like a father, and he is supposed to pay more attention to state politics not politics of Anka local government because he is bigger than it and I pray he shall see reasons not to allow some clueless politicians to smear his political reputation for their selfish political gains”.

“If they insisted on this argument that Mukhtar Anka is the APC leader in Anka we will also raise alarm that our leader is Ibrahim Babangida Turnuku Anka because it was he who was leading us before the reconciliation“.

 

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