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Insecurity:Declare state of emergency in Zamfara- Coalition Urges Federal Government

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A coalition of media activists known as Arewa Media Activists has called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the national assembly to consider declaring a state of emergency in Zamfara state due to worsening security situation in the state.

The coalition said, the called became necessary as no any security measure can prevail without able leadership, as Zamfara now is heading to enormous calamity and disaster.

In a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Saturday, chairman of the coalition Ibrahim Mu’azzam said, the security challenges in Zamfara state has become severe in last three months and it’s becoming worst everyday.

The statement which was read by one S A HAMISU ABBA said, the coalition has observed with deepest distress that, ”the security challenges in Zamfara State has become severe in the last three months and is becoming worst by day.

”The persisting problems of kidnapping, mass killings and banditry is consuming countless lives, ravaging economy and haltering any development in the state”

The coalition also accused the state governor Alhaji Dauda Lawan Dare of politicizing the security issue by engaging in unfounded allegations on the federal goverment and unnecessary political vendetta against his predecessor.

The also said the governor is frustrating any national and regional efforts to address the pressing security issues in the state on personal political interest and considerations

”Basically this coalition
decided to speak out loud by identifying where the problems lies and suggest a solution that will address the problem once and for all. After careful and thorough analysis of the situation coupled wide consultations with experts and various stakeholders within and outside the state we here by suggest as follow”

1. The security challenges in Zamfara state is becoming worst due to the negligence, imresponsiveness and callousness shown by the present administration of His Excellency Dula Lawan. The administration is showing no effort or any political will to address the problem.

The governor is politicizing the security issue by engaging in unfounded allegations the federal goverment and unnecessary political vendetta against his predecessor. He is frustrating any national and regional efforts to address the pressing security issues in the state on personal political interest and considerations

3. That several attempts by the federal government through the ministry of defense so ensure that collaborative, collective and effective measures are put in place to tackle the worsening security challenges were in many occasions frustrated and rubbished by the state government without reason.

4. Unfortunately, lack of responsive leadership and commitments to safeguard the lives

and properties of the good people of Zamfara state was vividly displayed by the decision of the governor to embark on foreign trip when the female students of the federal university Gusau were abducted. What we witnessed was a unilateral effort by the federal govemment which immediately embarked in a rescue mission through its relevant security agencies.

5. It is obviously apparent that the main focus of Dauda Lawan administration is not security or any form of good governance but political vendetta, discrediting others and playing a blame game at the expense of the state’s wellbeing. Such public betrayal by the state government will create nothing but devastating consequences and unprecedented distractions in the state. Thus the state government displayed all tendencies to lead the state to unbearable insecurity escalation.

6. Basically this coalition sincerely call upon the President of the Federal Republic and the federal legislature to consider the option of declaring state of emergency in Zamfara state in order to rescue the state from befalling into enormous calamity and unprecedented disaster.

This became necessary because, no any effective security measure is possible without having an able leadership in the state that will be willing. ready and sincere to collaborate with federal government and other stake holders to address the problem. Without synergy and cooperation there will be to time for a successful campaign against insecurity in the state. We urge the federal executives and legislature to pot any political consideration and sensitivity aside and act decisively in order to rescue Zamfara state from the eminent destruction it is heading

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