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Idris Yusuf


I have listened to the interview granted by the PDP gubernatorial candidate in Zamfara Dr. Dauda Lawal Dare with the BBC and for me, I believed Zamfara people are too educated to be deceived with such a careless statement, especially those that relates to issue of insecurity.


I wonder how Dauda would look at a typical Zamfara citizen and tell him Matawalle as seating Governor has done nothing to ensure that the lingering insecurity facing the state has ended for me that is the highest level of injustice to Matawalle.


Dauda should be made to understand that the solution to insecurity lies with the Federal government of Nigeria and that, Matawalle in his own wisdom is only investing heavily in security management of Zamfara in order to get his people secured and safer and there is no regret about it.


For me, the statement by Dr  Dauda Lawal is too abusive to the integrity of Zamfara people because I challenged him to come out in the public to declare what he has done in support of the fight against armed banditry, the killings, and abduction going on in Zamfara state.


As gubernatorial candidate with super power connection as he claimed, I challenged him to come out in the public and tell Zamfara people what he has done in terms of provision of operational vehicles, funding of even local security operatives as well as use of his connection to secure more troops for Zamfara people especially those living in the rural areas.


The fact that he is contesting for a Governor does not mean he shall resort to playing game of blame what Zamfara people needed from him is to see his practical support and intervention, especially in facilitating the deployment of more troops to Zamfara as well as contribution in terms of provision of more operational vehicles to aid the security operatives working in the state if truly he is connected and he has Zamfara state at heart.


Since May 25th 2022 when Dr. Dauda Lawal secured a gubernatorial ticket he stayed away from Zamfara and made himself incommunicado to even the PDP supporters and this tell everybody who cares to listen that Dr. Dauda Lawal is now pulling out of the cave and only understand that he cant pilot the awaiting passengers from their hotel rooms not to talk flying them on the sky.


From May 2022 to date for instance, over one hundred attacks were recorded in Zamfara and I challenged Dr. Dauda or his entire PDP supporters to tell Zamfara people a single day when he or they paid any condolence/sympathy visit to victim communities or offer any help to assist them cushion the effects of the hardship they were subjected to.


On the issue of blueprint that Dr. Dauda claimed he has, for me, it is just a mere dream, or I rather said is theoretical because in my analysis of his political antecedents he believed leadership is microscopic meaning easy to say than done.


He stated in that interview that, when campaign started he will unveil his manifestos to the people of Zamfara state and for me he does not have any because by analysis of his interview and for someone who is interested in the citizen’s vote, media is the best avenue to sale out your priorities and preference. We await him to say what he has during campaign I am sure Matawalle campaign team will have answer to all that he will raise.


As for his dream of reviving the Zamfara Textile Industry and ginneries, I think Dr. Dauda  has failed the examination because there are new models of economic and entrepreneurial interventions that Zamfara people needed more than the textile and cotton ginneries and soonest Matawalle will unveil them when the investors he invited finally arrives at Nigeria.


I will call on Zamfara people to please ignore the interview by Dr. Dauda Lawal because it is empty and full of misdirection.


I am not saying Matawalle is right 100% but clearly Matawalle has done well on the other way because he is on top of his steps to ensure that life of typical Zamfara person has changed.


The new security measures deployed recently by the Governor is enough to understand that Matawalle will get things right by the Special will of Allah.


As for Dauda he better go and face his business in Dubai and England that is what fits him the best. The funny part of the whole scenario is that someone who cannot speak Hausa the original language of the people of his immediate constituency fluently will come back to make a burst that he can proper solution to the problem of the people.


Dauda should understand that leadership is not a joke and it required someone who is not only realistic but very serious minded person to manage it’s requisites and for me I don’t see anything serious about Dr. Dauda a Governorship candidate that is disconnected with his root and a politician who hides in his Abuja comfort zone and share a folktales to those who cares to listen.


If he is serious let him come back to Zamfara and stay with the people so that he will understand how genuinely leadership of Zamfara required someone with vast experience of politics, human relations and social coordination.


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Members of Zamfara state house of assembly has passed into law amended Bill for a Law to amend the Area Development Council Establishment Act Law No(7).

The development followed the delivery of
committee report by the house leader Faruk Musa Dosara who doubled as the Chairman of the house standing committee on local government.

With the new development, the qualifications for someone to be appointed as administrator of Area Development Council is senior living certificate .

The new law also stated that, the person to be appointed as Administrator for the Area Development Council must attain the age of (25) years.

The new amendment had also provided that, funds for the execution of development projects be credited to the account of the area development Council directly.


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Three additional nominees for the post of Special Advisers have been screened by the members of the state house of assembly.

The nominees are Malam Sahabi Ahmad Mada, Dr. Nura Makwashe and Malan Shehu Garba.

Until his appointment, Dr. Makwashe is an academic staff working with the Bayero University Kano and also worked with BBC London during his study days in the United Kingdom.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki the screening followed an executive communication received from the office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Presenting the nominees before the members, the house leader, Hon. Faruk Musa Dosara urged his colleagues to accept the nomination and confirm the appointment of the nominees.

Speaker Nasiru Magarya confirmed the nomination of the candidates as unanimous decision of the house.

Magarya urged the nominees to bring their experience to bear and justify the confidence reposed on them in ensuring the sustainable development of the state.

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A Bill for an act to establish Zamfara State Anti Thuggery Agency scales through first and second readings on the floor of the state house of assembly on Tuesday.

According to the House Spokesperson Nasiru Usman Biyabiki, the proposed executive Bill was presented on the floor of the house by the House Leader Faruk Musa Dosara.

After extensive deliberation, Biyabiki said, the Bill scales through first and second readings and later presented before the standing Committee on justice and security for further legislative consideration.

“Hon. Magarya said, if established vthe Agency will among other things complement the security agencies’ efforts in curtailing anti-thuggery activities and other social vices in the state” Biyabiki added.

Speaker Magarya called on the committee members to work hard and accomplish the assigned responsibilities within the stipulated period.


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