The Coalition of Northern Group (CNG), has called on the government, security agencies and others relevant stakeholders to collaborate effectively in developing and implementing strategies to bring an end to the cycle of violence in Zamfara state.
Addressing Zamfara State government officials led by the Chief of Staff to the governor, CNG’s spokesperson Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, in a statement, said that it is imperative to prioritize the protection of lives and property, ensuring that our citizens can go about their daily lives without fear and apprehension.
Suleiman noted that CNG was in Gusau for a solemn purpose to express heartfelt condolences to the government and the people of Zamfara State following the recent security breach that shook the Gusau University campus.
He said the situation in Zamfara State has become increasingly alarming with the evident rift between the federal and Zamfara State governments resulting in a repetitive cycle of blame and counter-blame between the two parties, throwing the population into further confusion with the potential of exacerbating the security challenges in the state.
Suleiman said: “It is necessary for the Zamfara state government to work closely with federal agencies responsible for security matters, such as the police, military, and intelligence agencies.
“All stakeholders should prioritize the overall safety and well-being of the people of Zamfara State above any political differences.
“We call on the Federal Government to ensure the involvement of the concerned state governments and relevant stakeholders in the formation of policies concerning security. It is only through this synergy that informed policy direction for enduring security in Zamfara and the entire Northern region can be achieved.
“We, therefore, sound a loud clarion call on the Federal and Zamfara State governments to exercise restraint and the maturity expected in leaders to face the security challenges head-on and ensure the safe return of the abducted students.”
He further said that it’s crucial to understand that the security challenges in Zamfara State require a unified and coordinated effort from both the Federal Government and the Zamfara State government.
“Adequate security measures must be put in place to safeguard these institutions, and the necessary resources allocated to ensure their effectiveness.
“The government must also work to provide students with the assurance of their safety by creating an environment conducive to learning. The ongoing instability in the state has led to numerous challenges, including threats from insurgent groups, terrorist attacks, and communal clashes.
“This not only poses a threat to the lives and properties of the residents but also hampers developmental efforts and undermines the overall peace and stability of the nation.
“We regret to note that the rampant and brazen activities of these criminals occurring without any hindrance, even in the presence of security personnel, indicate a deeply rooted problem of corruption within the defense system.”