Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle has expressed hope for more accomplishments in the fight against banditry following the change of security chiefs.
The governor disclosed this shortly after the state’s weekly executive meeting in Zamfara.
The governor who claimed the ex-military heads supported his strategy for dealing with bandits said he hoped the new officers will also collaborate with the state to end banditry.
“When I came up with the idea of introducing a genuine dialogue with the bandits, all the service Chiefs fully cooperated with me by suspending Military action on the bandits to pave way for the talks which yielded tremendously positive results”, Matawalle recalled.
“Similarly, when we encounter recalcitrant bandits in our journey to peace, the military chiefs also keyed into our remodelled peace accord of ‘carrot and stick’ approach by employing both Kinetic and non-kinetic approach to the peace process, which is also recording a lot of success” he further noted.
Matawalle also expressed enthusiasm in working with the new Service Chiefs whom he said were carefully chosen to replace the former ones.
“I am confident that the new service Chiefs are going to record even more successes as they are judged as very excellent officers with non-blemish records of service. Zamfara State wishes to endorse this gallant decision of Mr President for ensuring that only the best is now tasked with replacing the former” Matawalle added.
He said that the situation in Zamfara State calls for total support, well-coordinated security network and cooperation urging all and sundry to desist from demoralising soldiers through the bad habit of dwarfing their efforts and hammering on their mistakes.
“The fight against banditry and restoration of peace and harmony is a responsibility for all. The state government wishes to assure the new Service Chiefs of its ever readiness to support them in the task of liberating the people from the shackles of banditry and associated crimes in the state and indeed, the region’ Matawalle promised.