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The Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum (NGF) Kayode Fayemi has declared that, the insecurity faced by the people of the North West is not a problem for the region alone rather a Nigeria’s problem.

He said every one must do what he can within his powers to put a stop to it and that the problem can only be addressed  if Nigerians can work collectively.

The NGF Chairman made the declaration when he led the forum’s delegation to visit Governor Bello Matawalle at Zamfara Governor’s lodge Abuja on Monday.

He said as Chairman of the Nigeria’s Governors Forum his job is to defend protect and support a fellow Governor regardless of party affiliation.

He added that, he is absolutely in support of the effort of Governor Bello Matawalle more importantly the way he is trying to reverse the challenges that are confronting the state.

Earlier, Governor’s Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment, Media and Communication Malam Zailani Bappa said, “In a dramatic contrast to accusing statements credited to the APC against Governor Bello Matawalle, the Nigerian Governors Forum has paid him a commendation visit today, expressing its total support to his anti-banditry campaign in the North-west Zone”.

Bappa further said, “the forum was completely in support of the efforts being made by Governor Bello Matawalle in the fight against banditry and other criminality in Zamfara State and the North-west at large”.

According to Bappa Governor Fayemi further said, “We note your single-mindedness in this pursuit, and we also note the positive results being recorded by your approach in the fight against the menace of banditry in your state and the North-west as a whole”, Governor Fayemi noted with delight”.

All the Nigerian Governors stand as one in your support at this hour in your total commitment to the liberation of our people from the activities of these criminals in your state and the region”, the Governors’ Forum chairman said.

“Whatever we can do to assist, we shall do it. We are here to encourage you to do more, and we are solidly behind you”, Governor Fayemi told Matawalle. “we pray that the year 2021 will be the year of peace and by the grace of God, peace we shall have”, the Forum Chairman prayed”. 

He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the support he is rendering in the fight against banditry, especially the supply of Special forces to Zamfara State. He is also on behalf of the Governors, commiserate with Governor Matawalle over the lives lost in the state as a result of the activities of bandits in the state. 

The Chairman of the Governors Forum team comprises himself, the Governors of Jigawa, Kebbi and Sokoto states (with Sokoto State Governor in absentia), Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and  Aminu WaziriTambuwal respectively. 

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An hour after the commencement of the PDP primaries in Zamfara three aspirants namely Mal. Wadatau Madawaki, Engr Ibrahim Shehu and Hafiz Nahuche have announced their withdrawal from the race.

They alleged that their withdrawal was as a result of irregularities observed shortly after the commencement of the voting.

One of the Aspirants Malam Wadatau Madawaki said, they are accusing the state party Chairman Col. Bala Mande Rtd of romancing with one of the aspirants alleging that, they have video evidence that, the party Chairman went around the hotels together with the aspirant canvassing for support from the delegates.

He also alleged that, the list brought from the National Headquarters of the party is adulterated with the names of APC members.

He also alleged that one of the members of the committee from the national was captured lobbying for votes from the delegates who cannot write their names on the ballot papers.

They announced that they have withdrawn from race and threaten to file an appeal to the national headquartered of the party for consideration.

They have also announced their readiness to proceed to court if their appeal is not considered.


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Residents of Damaga village in Maru local government area of Zamfara state have cried out for help as bandits continue to launch serial attacks on their community, resulting in killing and abduction of many people.

A source who confided on this medium said for the past three weeks there was no day that will pass without the bandits launching attack either on the Damaga community as a whole or on individuals, especially local farmers.

He said, there are many people from Damaga and other neighboring villages who have been in captivity for sometimes and with the exception of those whose relations were able to raise money for ransom, the fate of those that have been in captivity is yet to be established.

He also said, many were killed especially when they went to their farms as the bandits insisted that, no farmer will be allowed to go to the farm for their agricultural activities.

Furthermore he added that, some residents who felt not secured, have already fled out of the Damaga community for safety.

Effort to speak to Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad on the issue has failed.

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Two gubernatorial aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party had stepped down their ambition to support the candidature of Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare Gamjin Gusau.

The immediate past Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Barr. Mahadi Aliyu Gusau has announced his decision to step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal via a statement from his former Principal Private Secretary Aminu Umar Game-Game.

He called on all the delegates who are fully supporting him to direct their vote to Dr. Dauda Lawal in the overall interest of the state.

Two days back, another aspirant Abubakar Nakwada Gusau has also announced his formal step down for Dr. Dauda Lawal.

The party primaries which is scheduled for Wednesday is to be contested between Gamjin Gusau and three other aspirants including a retired Director of Education at the UBEC Malam Wadatau Madawaki and former Federal lawmaker Ibrahim Shehu Gusau.

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