the governor of Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle has called on the Nigerian military to take the fight to the doorstep of the bandits terrorizing residents of the state and the entire northwest region of the country.
Matawalle was speaking as he welcomed a visiting team of members from the Nigerian Army War College on Tuesday.
The governor told the military to take the fight to the bandits instead of waiting for the bandits to attack before responding.
While he admitted the military is overstretched and in need of modern equipment, he said more is expected of him.
“We understand that the military is overstretched due to the multiple security challenges facing the country as a result of which all men in the service are currently compromised,” he said.
As part of efforts to increase the capacity of the military, the governor said retired military officers should be rehired.
He said that the Federal Government must continue its campaign to buy more modern equipment for the armed forces.
Team leader UU Bassey, a Major General, praised Governor Matawalle for his support of state officials.
He said the military will do everything possible to end the country’s security challenges.
The team gave the governor an award for excellence.
Zamfara, like other areas in the northwestern region of Nigeria, is convulsed by attacks by armed men locally called bandits who mainly target rural communities and travellers.
These bandits have been blamed for killing thousands of people. They have also kidnapped many more in what is shaping up to be one of the worst kidnap-for-ransom syndicates in the country’s history.
Facing the government’s failure to protect area residents, many communities have established vigilante groups to protect residents from bandit attacks.
However, this has worsened security challenges in the area, as it has led to an explosion of tit-for-tat killings between bandits (who are mostly of Fulani origin) and vigilante groups established by the majority. of the Hausa communities in the area.
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