The national chairman of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) Senator Saidu Dansadau, yesterday wept openly, while he condemned in very strong terms, the uprising in Zamfara State and wanton destruction of lives and properties by alleged foreign mercenaries masquerading as Fulani herdsmen.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, Dansadau called on President Muhammadu Buhari to invoke his powers under Section 305 (3) & (5) of the Constitution and declare a State of Emergency in Zamfara State and appoint a competent administrator for the state until the president, through the administrator, is satisfied that normalcy has been restored.
Dansadau said anything short of this would turn the thick forest between the southern border of Zamfara State with Katsina, Kaduna, Niger and Kebbi States into a national park of criminals and killers, worse than what the nation has seen in Sambisa Forest.
Reading from a letter addressed to the president on 18 June, 2018, he said, ‘’the killings, as have been reported, have become a daily thing. The criminals have become so emboldened that they have added mass kidnapping of people, not only in the rural but also in the urban and semi urban areas of the state to their menu of criminalities.
‘’This situation, Mr President, amounts to actual breakdown of public order and public safety in Zamfara State and justify the invocation of your powers under Section 305 of the Constitution in order to deal with this spreading criminality, which our governor does not seem to have the capacity to confront.
‘’We cry out to you for succour as there is now a trail of daily killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings, attacks on rustic villages, the scale, regularity and ferocity we have never witnessed before. There is also looming famine because farmers are prevented by the fear of these criminals from going to the farms. Mr President is aware that huge numbers of the population of Zamfara State are now trooping in large numbers to neighbouring states to escape the horrific acts of these criminals.’’
Dansadua noted that while it is acknowledged that similar tension exists in other states like Katsina, Kaduna, Niger and Kebbi States, which share common border with Zamfara, the approach of the governors of these states in managing the problem, has substantially brought the situation under control in these states.
‘’They were able to achieve this because the incumbents actually reside in and work from their states, consult with their elders and traditional institutions and thus have made remarkable progress in curbing these criminalities.
‘’However, in Zamfara State, the situation has gone out of the control because the governor would do none of those things,’’ he added.
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