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By Zailani Bappa

Sheikh Ahmad Mahmood Gummi is basically known to the Islamic world for his independent mindedness. He is known to others as a fearless critic and boundary-crosser in search and in pursuit of truth, Justice and fair-play. He is versed, modern, global and damning. His cleric robe gives him no discomfort to say his mind even at the risk of being misunderstood or mis interpreted. 

His recent round of active discourse in the social turbulence bedeviling the nation directly affects Zamfara state and, specifically, a unique policy of His Excellency, Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun, Barden Hausa, Shattiman Sakkwato). This is a policy that seeks to end the decade old banditry ravaging the state and its neighbors.

By mere co-incidence, Sheikh Gummi hails from Zamfara state. However, as a Kaduna state citizen, he sourced his concern in what he saw on a daily basis happening in that state. The increasing criminality traits from among the Fulani citizens which he diagnosed as having roots from stark ignorance of their religion. He began a socially expensive, risky and daring incursion into the bushes to preach to those ignorant from among the Fulani the need to retrace their steps and imbibe their once exalted position as the knowledgeable tribe and leaders of the people.

He called his approach in an interview he had with journalists as ‘dangling the carrot’ to avoid the increasing pressure from the Military and from the society on their kinsmen who decided to go astray. This approach perfectly (and indeed clearly un intended) falls in direct line with what Governor Matawalle conceived but wickedly demonized by negative minds, mostly bitter politicians who sponsor satanic online media who wish the country doom to demonize it and twist the rope and lubricate it with unholy lies and make-believe imaginations intended to dim the shining star of the peoples Governor. 

Today, in continuation of his crusade, Sheikh Gummi decided to pay a surprise visit to Zamfara State and assess some of the efforts being made by Governor Matawalle in ending this seemingly unending  trouble in the land. He visited the first modern RUGGA being built by Governor matawalle administration to settle those who accepted the ‘carrot’ among the bandits troubling the state. Sheikh Gummi sternly commended Governor Matawalle for this laudable initiative, endorsed it and prayed for its success.

Indeed, the peace process in Zamfara state is working. It works not because of its concept alone, but because of the sincerity, resilience and committment to agreements reached in the process. Today, even with the many spanners thrown into the works by enemies of peace, the process is still on without blemish. The situation however, demanded for a review of the whole process which birthed the “carrot and stick approach” presently operational in the dtate. 
As the saying goes, truth is sacred. One who stands by the truth will be vindicated by the truth. Only last week, the renowned Sheikh embarked on a peace mission which he said is a “carrot” approach to peace in Kaduna state. Significantly he says, the state Government endorsed it! Simultaneosly, other states in the zone are secretly admiring it and hoping to also cash on it. The known vocalists against Matawalle’s peace process are mute on this too….a sign of endorsement.

The cat has been let out of the bag by Sheikh Gumi at this hour. Those who initially kicked against Matawalle’s peace process were hypocrites and motivated by ulterior reasons inimical to humanity. Sheikh Gumi has done mothing in the past one week but to further endorse and take the Matawalle initiative to a new height on the platform of religious pulpit. His today’s visit to Zamfara state is a testimony from a respected quarter that Matawalle is indeed right and his antagonists are aren’t. 
It should be very clear that the peace process currently working in Zamfara state is the only truth at hand and the only workable solution to the advancing banditry menace in the state and the region which, happily, its antagonists are now grudgingly and covertly seeking to imbibe.

Bappa writes from Gusau.

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Zamfara state police command Ayuba Elkana has held an interfaith peace dialogue with the members of various religious groups across the state.

According to the Zamfara police spokesperson SP Shehu Muhammad the dialogue became a priority after the recent Sokoto blasphemous incident which resulted in the killing of Deborah Samuel a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education.

In a remark during the meeting the state police commissioner Ayuba Elkana according to Shehu express appreciation to the religious leaders for working harder to ensure that there is no breakdown of law and order I’m the state as a result of the Sokoto incident.

Shehu further said, the CP encouraged them to continue to preach for peace and religious tolerance among their followers and also called on the parents and guardians to monitor their wards, especially their activities on the social media on the daily basis.

While assuring the leaders of the readiness of the police to always ensure security of lives and properties of the citizens, Shehu said he always warned them to desist from taking laws into their hands and urged them to intimate the security agencies for action.

Leaders of the various religious organizations thanked the CP for organizing the interface and assured him of their support and cooperation at all time.

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A pro-Governor Matawalle social media organization (Matawalle Media Crew) has organized a one-day interaction on how to use the social media platforms to raise more support for the Governor and his government.

The event took place at the conference hall of Jaiz Hotel Gusau and was well attended by hundreds of social media handlers from across the (14) local government areas of the state.

Some guest speakers at the event including Dr. Mikailu Barau, Dr. Aminu Lawal Tsafe and Dr. Anas Sani Anka expressed the need for the members of Matawalle social media crew to explore creativity, critical thinking, skill for effective communication as well as collaboration in the course of theirpractice.

They have also urged them to use their various social media platforms to influence the government in taking critical decisions that are good for the people, especially issue of WAEC/NECO.

They also warned the members not to be using social media to be creating hostility for the oppositions, noting that the recent reconciliation between former Governor Yari and Matawalle camp is good enough for all social media handlers in Zamfara to learn some lessons.

The Executive Secretary of ZAMCHEMA Dr. Abdulkadir Shinkafi stated that many of them who belongs to the category of youths within the government structure of Bello Matawalle are doing their best to continue to support initiative like that of Matawalle media crew with a view to promoting the government.

The Secretary of the crew Rufai (UB) explained that the motive behind organizing the interaction is to avail members of the crew the opportunity to get themselves more equipped with ideas and wisdom from the spokespersons considering their in-depth knowledge and years of experience.

Certificates of participation were issued to those that participated in the interactions and also goodwill messages were passed to the members and organizers of the event by some politicians and well wishers.

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Zamfara state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has held its mini congresses for the election of local government, state and national delegates.

According to the statement by the party spokesperson in Zamfara Malam Yusuf Idris Gusau, the delegates that will emerge will take part in the Party’s primaries for the seats of the President, Governor, state and national assembly.

The delegates’ congress which took place at Aisha Memorial Conference, Hall, Maradun was attended by Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, members of the National Committee of the party, INEC officials and security agencies under a peaceful atmosphere.

Idris further said the exercise held simultaneously in all the 14 local government areas of the state after the flagg-off in Maradun, the country home of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle.

During the event, governor Matawalle stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, which he noted is responsible for the growth of the APC in the state.

He thanked the people of Zamfara for their support and prayers in ensuring the success of his administration, urging them to continue to support the APC and its candidates at all levels and assured that more dividends of democracy will continue to come their way.

In his welcome address, the state APC Chairman, Hon. Tukur Umar Danfulani expressed satisfaction and happiness especially with the unification of the party in the state.

He pledged to always carry all members along with fairness and justice as his guiding principles.

The chairman thanked all the stakeholders, especially the state’s party leader governor, Bello Mohammed Matawalle and the national leadership of the party for bringing together all leaders of the party as one big family and expressed confidence in the ability of the unity to sustain the chances of the party in the forthcoming 2023 elections.

In his remarks, Chairman and team leader of the Screening Committee deployed to Zamfara by the APC National Secretariat, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said his team is overwhelmed by the support the APC is receiving in Zamfara.

He described the coming together of former governor Yari, former Senator Marafa and governor Matawalle as the best thing that happened to the APC at both the state and national levels in recent times, urging the stakeholders to consolidate on the feat.

The Committee Chairman, Hon. Babagana Tijjani Banki said all the 103 delegates from Maradun local government were elected on consensus by the APC Constitution.

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