Zamfara State Governor, Abdulazeez Yari has added his voice to the call by his Katsina State counterpart, Aminu Masari, on the need for a strong collaboration in the area of security.
This is to help address the challenge of banditry affecting the two states and their neighbours.
Yari made the call on Tuesday while speaking to Journalists, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, in company of the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole.
The Governor said it has become pertinent for more collaboration, because of how sophisticated the problem has become.
Surrounded by Forest
“Well, I think is not just State by State matter but a regional problem because we are surrounded by a forest. We have Kuyambana to Rugu down to Maradi in Niger Republic. The bandits are taking advantage of the fact that we are living like an Island because we are surrounded by forests from Sokoto we have Basuguma, Birnin Gwari in Kaduna and from Niger.
“So as the Governor of Katsina said, we have to collaborate. I know our security Chiefs meet quarterly to review their performance, the gains and the loss, the same thing goes for our brothers in Maradi in Niger Republic. I think the operations need to be carried out simultaneously because the issue is, we are surrounded by a forest. The point is, when Katsina puts pressure on the bandits they will run into the forest in Zamfara, if Zamfara puts pressure on them, then to move to Minna or Birnin Gwari. So this is the issue, so there is need for collaboration.
“So the soldiers need to be equipped with the equipment that can stand the test of time. Yesterday (Monday), when we were having our security meeting, we could understand their constraints of the security personnel that are on ground there. We are definitely going to collaborate, especially since I am running on the last lap of my tenure, I will ensure that in these months that are left, we will leave behind a peaceful state for the new administration that is coming in,” he said.
The Zamfara State Governor commended the efforts being made by the Nigerian government to address the problem.
“The Nigerian Government has already given procurement contracts, inter-government transaction to the United States, China and other European countries. You may recall that in 2018, the Nigerian Governors Forum, approved $1 billion to support the Federal Government’s effort in equipping the security agencies. We believe the equipment will soon come into the country and it is our hope that the equipment will be used so that this worrying situation that we are will become history,” Yari said.
He ruled out the possibility of dialogue with the bandits because similar attempts in the past did not yield the desired result.