Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has offered to tend his resignation if that will bring a lasting solution to the endless kidnappings and bandit operations in the state.
Zamfara State has become one of the most dreaded zones in the country as a result of the high ranking operations of bandits in the state ranging from abductions, assassinations and raiding of villages in the state.
The most recent shocker that hit the state, was the abduction of 297 Jangebe school girls in the state.
However, the President in his action to fight insecurity in the state has declared Zamfara a no-fly zone, this was disclosed by the presidential spokesman Malam Garba Shehu.
The Governor in his response to the latest development, said he wouldn’t mind putting his seat of power on the line to see his people enjoy peace and stability.
He made this revelation while Speaking in an interview session on Politics today, a Channels Television program on Wednesday.
If I know that my resigning as a governor will make the people sleep with their two eyes closed, I can resign.
I am ready to do what will bring security. I am not power-hungry. I have been having a sleepless night to protect the people of Zamfara State
While reacting to allegations that he has been giving a soft hand approach to the bandits, in his defence he said collaboration with repentant bandits played a positive role in securing the release of students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, who were adducted last week.
People are saying amnesty, it is not about amnesty. What amnesty means maybe is the federal government provides some huge amount of money,” he said.
Nobody gave amnesty to these people, we only convince them to give them some trading in various skills as skills acquisition.
We are not giving them kobo, we are not giving them anything. People talk about amnesty, is like people are thinking that huge amount of money was collected and given to them.
No single kobo was given to them, any of them who repented, nothing was given to them.
Although Matawalle didn’t welcome the President’s decision to make his state a No fly zone, he said he would concede to the decisions of the President.
The decision of Mr President on the no-fly zone, I accept it and I agree with that. People don’t even know that Zamfara does not have an airport. So, the states that have airports and are encountering this kind of situation, what happens to them?