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The former Governor of Sokoto State Attahiru Bafarawa expressed concern that the President does not bother about people around Sokoto-Kebbi and Zamfara.

Bafarawa stated this in a special interview with the BBC Hausa service on Saturday and carefully monitored by this medium.

Bafarawa said Isa, Sabon Birni, Goronyo and Shinkafi are under seige noting that only God almighty can rescue the people of the affected areas.

Bafarawa added that people of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara are living in anger and agony considering the way Muhammad Buhari neglected that important section of the country.

When cautioned that issue of security is a collective responsibility of all Bafarawa replied, “I am a former Governor and I know what Allah has imposed on me as a Governor then and because leadership is a responsibility people are not allowed to go on their own and defend themselves government was created to offer them security”.

“All of us then sworn to the holy Quran and promised to protect lives and properties and not that people should go and defend themselves, and we should do everything to fulfilled that commitment”.

He added “of course security shall be seen as a collective responsibility, but the President should take the lead not living people to their destiny”.

On what people should do to compliment the effort of the government in security, Bafarawa said, “citizens would be ready to give their lives in defense of their territories, but the foundation has not been made by the government”.

“The bandits have guns and other weapons while our people do not have and instead government should have contacted the people in the affected areas and chat the way forward.

“Imagine the number of lives lost in Sokoto within the last (4) days, some were shot while others were set ablaze and instead of the President to come to Sokoto and show sympathy with us, he rather went to Lagos for book launching on biography of someone”.

“When he was contesting for the post of President he went from door to door asking for people to vote for him but now that it is time for condolences and sympathy to the people of Sokoto he then sent delegation and chose to go to Lagos for book launching”.

On the way forward, Bafarawa said, President Buhari should reach out to the people just the way he did when he was campaigning so that together they can chat the way forward.

Bafarawa said, “Buhari should remember those days when he regularly came to my house asking for support to become President. He castigated Jonathan that what he was doing about the security of Nigeria then was a child play”.

“He promised when he became president he would address the entire security problem within three months but up to now nothing has changed”.

“Whenever you see Buhari jetting out of Nigeria it is for his medical consideration, and he cares much about his personal health but does not bother about the wellbeing and safety of his people who elected him.

On why people like Bafarawa failed to seat with the President and discuss security concerns facing the country Bafarawa replied,“ who told you we have not looked for him to discuss security issue of Nigeria??, when he was contesting for president he knew the location of my house, and he regularly visited me, but now people like us are not important, I have several booked appointment to see the president no way.

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Members of Zamfara State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) have elected their new Chairman, who is to steer the activities of the union.

Ibrahim Musa Maizare who was the former Chairman of the Zamfara State based newspaper chapel “The Legacy” was elected alongside Haliru Muhammad Umar from the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) chapel as his Deputy.

The remaining seats of the state officers of the union were returned unopposed, except the office of the Treasurer.

The election of the new executives followed the expiration of the tenure of the current executives, led by the Publisher of the Analyzer Newspaper Mai Haraji Altine Salah.

Mai Zare who was immediately sworn into the office alongside other executives, thanked the members of the state council for having confidence in his leadership and assured that he is going to reposition things in the union for a sustainable change.

He promised to come up with innovation that will transform the union and reposition it to be more sound like before and called for continued cooperation from all the members of the union.

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The Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara state Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has challenged those in the APC to prove whether the embattled eighteen seater bus they were making noise over was personally donated to him by Governor Matawalle or for the office of the PDP Publicity of Secretary.

Shatima who declared this during a Press Conference in Gusau on Friday said, contrary to the noise making round the public, he has never, for once, begged Governor Matawalle to dash him a car instead, the Governor personally feels he wanted to donate the car to him because of the role he played during his electioneering campaigns in 2019.

“If they wanted the car to be returned as claimed, let them tell the world how the Governor donated out the car to me through late Ibrahim Mallaha of blessed memory. The Governor gave the car to late Mallaha for onward handing over to me as personal donation, and I am certain if they met the him, he will confirm this to them.

“I am not in politics for vehicle, asked those who were with us in 2019. I used my personal Peugeot (406) to move with the Governor throughout the campaign period. I was not paid even money for fuel and the Governor knew that, and may be in his wisdom that was why he decided to dash me a vehicle I did not beg for”.

On the new security measures taken by the Governor, Shatiman Rijiya said he is sure the measures are targeted at the supporters of the PDP and because election is approaching, noting that they have every reason to entertain fear.

If the measures are initiated to get the lives of the typical Zamfara citizen better and secured, PDP will welcome the idea but noted that, under the current situation, the party and its members are not confident enough with the Governor’s pronouncement.

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The Zamfara State Secretary of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Faruk Ahmad Shatiman Rijiya has called on Governor Bello Matawalle to desist from insulting PDP because it was the platform he used to become the Governor of Zamfara state in 2019.

Shatiman Rijiya who stated this during a Press Conference on Friday reminded Governor Bello Matawalle that, the certificate of return issued to him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was bearing the name of the PDP not APC the political party he defected to.

He described as morally wrong for the Governor to be rendering insult on the party that produces him as a substantive Governor, noting that even the people who are very familiar with his political antecedent and how he emerged as the Governor of Zamfara would not be happy with him abusing his original political platform.

He added that, PDP will continue to watch things as they unfold in Zamfara and continue to raise alarm where right decisions are not taken in the overall interest of the people of the state

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