Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Bello Matawalle, has vowed to prove his critics wrong.
Some persons had faulted the portfolio assigned to Matawalle, saying his administration as Zamfara governor battled insecurity on a major scale. Some also asked for a military personnel instead of a politician.
However, Daily Trust reported that Matawalle has said that he is confident in his ability to handle the job and that he will work hard to secure the nation.
Speaking at a reception organised for him in Abuja on Wednesday, Matawalle said, “I have been hearing some people saying my brother Badaru (Minister of Defence) and I do not have the capacity to serve as ministers of defence, these people do not even understand what security is.
“Therefore, this is not where the problem is, what matters most is one’s determination, courage, and opportunity.
“When I was governor of Zamfara State, we took all necessary measures to secure the state. There was a time when we went 100 days without any security challenges. We also spent 9 months without a single person being harmed.
“All measures I took to curb the security problems in Zamfara State, I have to do it first and other governors followed suit. This is because I have a strong understanding of security matters.
“I have a good news to the people of Zamfara State that I will not disappoint them. I believe that with God’s help, we will be able to overcome the security challenges. Those who say Badaru and I cannot do it will be ashamed. They will see that it is God who is doing the work, not them.
“In the past, we were asking for help. But now, we are in a position to help others.”