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Why I Don’t Object To Emergency Declaration In Zamfara – Yari



Amid calls for a declaration of state of emergency in Zamfara State, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, has said that he will not object to the calls as long as doing that would stop the killings in the state.

Yari stated this yesterday to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

According to him, his call for state of emergency is borne out of the desire to end banditry in the state, noting that he has never taken insecurity as a political affair.

Yari averred that he is up for any measure that will end banditry and killings in his state.

He said, “Yes, we are there as a government because it is lives of people we are talking about. If there are no lives we won’t be there.

“So, I did not make that statement because of politics, the way some other people are looking at it politically. Since inception I have never taken insecurity as a political affair, but I look at it as criminality and I approach it in the way that it can be solved.

“Some other politicians have been calling for state of emergency since three years ago, then I said to myself, if state of emergency would solve the problem, then Yari is ready.”

On his visit to the President, he said, “You are aware of what is happening in Zamfara State, and some parts of the neighboring states on the issue of banditry, abduction and insurgency.

“So, it’s important that I come forward to brief Mr President on the situation on ground, which I just did.”

On the situation on ground, the governor said the situation is calm now. ‘‘As a state,  we are putting our best to ensure normalcy returns. We have started getting results and  we believe strongly that with what we have on ground in terms of number of security personnel, if they take their job seriously, within a short time, we will get out of this situation.”







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