Matawalle rejects Buhari’s order declaring Zamfara a no-fly-zone

Zamfara no-fly-zone

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle

 

Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has reacted to the National Security Council’s decision to declare Zamfara State as a no-fly-zone.

The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd.), on Tuesday said President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the declaration of Zamfara State a “no-fly-zone” as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.

Monguno also announced that the federal government had banned mining activities in the state.

But reacting to the development when Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, visited him on Tuesday, Matawalle said he was not sure the federal government understood the situation in Zamfara.

“It seems the Security Council doesn’t understand the nature of the security problems in Zamfara state but if they decided to take such action let them go ahead.

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“I’m not afraid of anybody and the problem of insecurity in the state predated my administration.

“Nigerians are waiting to see the outcome of the Security Council resolution to see if these bandits would be crushed. If the federal government fails to crush them after this resolution, then Nigerians will understand that they only sat and serve themselves tea, nothing more,” he said.

According to Daily Trust, the governor said he had started investigating those behind the abduction of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jengebe, Zamfara State.

On his part, Fayemi said the federal and state authorities must work hard to put an end to the spate of kidnapping in the country.

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi accompanied Fayemi on the visit.

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