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As media organization with special interest on corporate social stability we were worried about the concern generated by the recent declaration of the “DOCTRINE OF SELF DEFENSE” as enforced by the Governor of Zamfara state few weeks back.

The argument as to the corporate constitutional jurisdiction of the Governor to order for such an order to us is no longer applicable with the recent security threat that become a source of concern to all the citizens of Zamfara State.

The interview by Mr Femi Falana recently on TVC channel has helped resolved the entire circumstances that characterized the concern because by now every citizen of Nigeria cannot argue against the fact that, ZAMFARA IS HEADING TOWARD BECOMING A FAIL STATE.

With all sense of sincerity, the security situation in Zamfara is supposed to be a source of concern of all citizens regardless of the status being a politician, academic, business person, elite and poor.

People may see our action of supporting the decision of the state government as too broader but in all honesty, the last option for any serious minded person in Zamfara is to support the government in securing the state because nothing can be done under an atmosphere of chaos and rancour.

In the opening remarks of the Managing Editor and Team Lead of Thunder Blowers Dr. Anas Sani Anka, the merger between his media outlet and coalition of the Civil Society Organizations was borne out of the concerns the two umbrella have over the lingering security crises faced by the state.

He informed the Governor that the decision to support this “Doctrine of self-defense” as enforced by the him is to see if the doctrine can help bring relative peace and stability in the state.

“We have made it point black that, our mission as media outlet in collaboration with the coalition of the civil society organizations that visited the Governor in Maradun was purely a-political, it was rather a mission to support the return of sustainable peace in the state.

The leader of the coalition Adamu Abubakar Kwatarkwashi emphasized that, the civil society organizations have lost confidence in the effort being made so far by the security agencies hence the carnage is increasing beyond the human comprehension.

He acknowledged the investment made by the Governor in the provision of operational vehicles to the security agencies, logistics, and funding for operational allowances, noting that despite that, the development is becoming more alarming by the day.

The coalition and the team lead of the Thunder Blowers committed the Governor on two major things one, to ensure that the letter which was co-signed by the heads of the twelve selected CSOs is handed over to the President and Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces and second, for the Governor to approve the publication of the letter in at least five national dailies.

The Governor in a response has demonstrated his deep concern that he has adopted all options to end the lingering insecurity, but the efforts have failed due to the simple facts that, he has no control over the operation of the security operatives working in Zamfara.

He has also lamented that, the security forces are too reluctant in taking the war to the bandit enclaves since the identity of the bandits is known and their enclaves are identified for long.

“I have the fear that some security actors at the federal level do not want this conflict to end soon may be for reason of the benefits they earning out of it” the Governor lament.

He expressed concern that the government at the center is not too willing to welcome beautiful ideas from the Governors noting that, several ideas he has initiated on security were picked and adopted  by other Governors and they have yielded result.

He expressed hope that the marriage created by the adoption of the new doctrine between the state government, media outlets and Civil Society Organizations is going to help in chatting a new course of ensuring sustainable peace and security in the state.

He politely committed himself that he is going to personally deliver the letter to the President and also approved the publication of same letter in at least five national daily papers.

What is left in our candid views is for all stakeholders including the citizens to play a neutral game of building a coalition to support the government to secure Zamfara state.

One surprising thing while we were inside Maradun undergoing the engagement with Governor we have heard the news that the bandits were undergoing operation at Danbaza the main junction leading to Maradun town.

The same night they attacked and killed (14) persons at Dangulbi village in Maru local government while (5) more were slaughtered on eve of the Id-El Kabir at Kango village.

This is to show how terrible the situation looks like.

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The Chairman of the APC Defense Coalition, Dr. Suleiman Shuaibu Sarki Shanun Shinkafi had lambasted Sen. Ahmad Sani Yariman Bakura the former Governor of Zamfara state for allegedly backing Senator Gods will Akpabio’s candidature of becoming the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He said the action of Senator Yarima is a clear demonstration of his unending conspiracy against the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension.

Sarkin Shanu in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday insisted that it will be an act of conspiracy and mischief for the Zamfara former Governor, Ahmad Sani Yarima to back a southern candidate for the post of Senate President when he already has someone from Zamfara and a fellow Northerner who is buying for the same position.

He noted that the action of Senator Ahmad Yarima is a clear impression that he is an enemy of the North and the people of Northern Nigeria by extension, adding that Northerners need to be awakened and rise to the occasion before people like Yariman Bakura nail the region down for personal self enrichment.

“Yariman Bakura has demonstrated his strong and extreme disregard for the Northern Nigerian by supporting Sen. Godswill Akpabio as against the candidature of the former Governor of Zamfara Abdulaziz Yari Abubakar, and we are ready to fight him to finishing for working against the interest of the North”.

“The North West in particular has produces over 50% of the votes that produces Sen. Bola Ahmad Tinubu as the President during the 2023 election and now that our own from the region is contesting for the post of Senate President we have no option than to stand firmly behind him and enemies of the North like Yariman Bakura will fail woefully when the time comes”.

“Yariman Bakura has never hidden his personal enmity for the progress of Sen. Abdulaziz Yari and this can be demonstrated since what happened in the 2019 political race and now in the 2023 election when he worked openly against the success of the APC in Zamfara state” the statement added.

“It is shameful of Sen. Yarima to show his political solidarity to Godswill Akpabio in the open world and his action is a clear demonstration that he has declared war against the North and Northern Nigeria and by the special will of Allah Yarima he will be humiliated for working against the North” the statement added.

“We implore Sen. Yari to remain firm and focus and continue to mobilize strongly for his candidature for the Senate President, and we assure him he will emerge victorious looking at the dynamics of the way things are going, the APC zoning arrangement will surely fail”.

“For record, the President-elect is from the South, the Chief Justice of the federation who is the head of the judicial arm is also from the South, so there is no way the North will allow the seat of the Senate President who is the head of the legislative arm to shift to the South again”. The statement added.

He called on Senator Yarima to have the fear of God and leave Senator Yari alone, noting that God almighty has already made Yari the political hero of the current generation.

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A Kano Senator-elect under the platform of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kawu Sumaila has declared to that APC zoning arrangement was an insult to the Nigerian parliament.

Sen. Kawu Sumaila who stated this on the National Television insisted that, former Governor of Zamfara and senator elect Abdulaziz Yari remain his candidate for the office of the Senate President of the 10th National Assembly.

He stated that, the National Assembly, as an independent arm of the government, should be free from the control of the executive.

“It is an insult for the APC to dictate to me where I will go in the choosing the presiding officers”.

He added that the majority of the lawmakers-elect were already discussing working against the zoning arrangements announced by the APC.

He urged Tinubu not to allow political sycophants to dictate the fortune of things for him.

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The Executive Director Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center Awal Musa Rafsanjani has described the APC zoning arrangements as announced as an attempt to pocket the 10th National Assembly.

Rafsanjani who stated this in an interview insisted that the culture of imposition of leadership on the national assembly has grave danger to the nation’s Democratic process.

Rafsanjani stated “some people endorsed by the party for leadership have corruption allegation against them, having them as presiding officers in the legislatures will neutralize anti-graft fights and will further erode the public image of the parliament.

“What the President-elect and the APC have done is to completely pocket the legislatures and make them not only rubber stamp parliament but also an extension of the presidency” .

While affirming that CISLAC supported equitable zoning of national assembly leadership seats , it condemned the imposition of individuals on the lawmakers.

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