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May we begin with this as opening point that His Excellency the Executive Governor of Zamfara Bello Matawalle need to seat-up and face the security challenges confronting the state with all sense of sincerity.

Since the period when the communication network was shutdown in Zamfara, there are more to what one would understand about the sincerity of where the state government is heading in terms of security modeling that would be to the convenience of average Zamfara citizen and which point to the impression that the state government is serious about ending this security crises
rocking the state

Today, for instance, we have heard about the unfortunate incidence of gunmen blocking Shinkafi-Moriki-Kaura Namoda road putting commuters to serious panicking.

Adam Barau Elduniya Shinkafi, posted on his Facebook page that, he has seen with his eyes vehicles that were set ablaze on the main road while another person was shot by the gunmen with him and other passengers narrowly escaping bandits attack along the road.

Two days back, people of Karazau and neighboring villages have also suffered hours of bandit’s rascality even as the bandits killed about (13) persons in the two separate attacks.

Again day before yesterday there was panicking at Federal College of Education (FCET) Gusau as people scampered when they noticed the movement of vigilante along the school thinking they were armed bandits.

As pointed in our previous editorial, Sheme-Yankara-Wanzamai and Kucheri road has become a danger zone that no motorists or commuter can pass through that road without his chest beating repeatedly.

Going to Dansadau is also another challenge to people living along that area, as bandits allegedly block the road at will and enforce inhuman decisions on the people.

Though there have been conflicting views whether the security measures enforced by Zamfara state government especially the shutdown of the communication network has yielded the desired result or not.

Good or bad and in all honesty there is need for the Governor to seat down with stakeholders and review the security architecture of the state. Things are in all sense of reality not working well in terms of fighting armed banditry.

Again, the Governor need to honor his pledge by opening the telecommunication network because I am sure people from the remaining thirteen local governments need to be given access to communication even for their business right.

Governor Tambuwal has taken the right step since the massacre in Goronyo and same thing with Governor Elrufai after the recent Kaduna Abuja incident which led to the brutal murder of one of our own late Sagir Hamida of blessed memory.

Not only that his Excellency Governor Bello Matawalle need to as a matter of urgency order for the opening of schools if not in all part of the state at least in the state capital and local government headquarters so that our children and younger brothers can go back to continue with their learning process.

If schools are on all over the country including Borno and Katsina for instance Zamfara state should not be an exception and with all sense of seriousness, the government need to act with high speed to ensure that schools have resumed.

Government should engage stakeholders rightly for them to offer sensitive advise as to how the school opening shall be done and the security measures to be deployed need to be universal ones to avoid getting things wrong again.

We would emphasize now that since the party congress is over, the Governor need to take a leave from politics for some times and face issue of governance with all sense of seriousness. Things are actually falling apart in Zamfara in our (opinions) and we cannot afford to continue in this direction.

As for the political aides who are calling the shots for the Governor in terms of advice, they should have the fear of Allah and tell the Governor the true situation of things in Zamfara.

We all know that so many things are wrong in Zamfara and the Governor is sometimes acting on the advice of those who are confined with the honor to tell him the truth and for reasons best known to them the opted to blindfold the facts and tell the Governor a different story.

We would also call on the Governor’s media aides to please be sincere to themselves and to the Governor who appointed them by taking the step of bringing to the public limelight the good work of the Governor and stop wasting too much time in creating more enemies for him.

Information managers in the current global practice are best known for policy promotion and selling of the good actions of their principals, not really offering defense against the views of the citizens.

Democratic governments are produced through the will of the people, and it is for the people, so views of the people, no matter how bad they may look are of useful advantage to the leader.

May Allah bring lasting peace to Zamfara state.

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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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