Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara has cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency regarding the insecurity sweeping across the country.
The governor made the call when he received the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi, and Zamfara, Ali Janga, on a courtesy call on Wednesday in Gusau.
Mr. Matawalle insisted declaring a state of emergency was the “only available avenue of ending the increasing security challenges at hand.”
In a statement issued by his media aide Zailani Bappa, the governor expressed concern over the ongoing attacks on communities in Zamfara and other states.
He told the visiting AIG that the current wave of insecurity was alarming and getting out of hand, as such the need to declare a state of emergency on security in the country.
“No one feels safe anymore, and the only way to return the country to the path of sanity is to act out of the box,” Mr. Matawalle added.
The governor commended Mr. Buhari’s regime and security operatives in the country for their “commitment” to the fight against banditry.
However, he insisted that “extra effort is required to contain the growing security problems that are mounting by the day.”
Mr. Matawalle further pointed out, “The problem in Zamfara state is quite unique from those in other places and therefore requires very careful and constructive solutions to control it.”
He told the AIG that his administration had never faltered in its support to security operatives and would continue to do so to enable them to succeed.
Mr. Janga, accompanied by the police commissioner in Zamfara, Ayuba Elkhana, lauded Mr. Matawalle for his commitment to finding lasting solutions to the security problem in the state.
Mr. Janga noted that without the support rendered by the state government, the entire work of the police in the state would have collapsed.