A Security Support Group in the North-West, The North-West Security and Stability Support Network, has expressed dissatisfaction over the feud between Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State and the Federal Minister of Defence, Bello Mohammed, Matawalle, adding that the development is frustrating all efforts to tackle insecurity in the state.
The group in a statement issued by its Chairman, Suleiman Abbah, lamented that instead of focusing on the regional efforts to address the pressing security challenges in Zamfara and the North-West as a whole, Governor Lawal has chosen to engage in distracting the Federal Minister of State for Defense, Bello Mohammed Matawalle.
Abbah, who emphasised the importance of regional cooperation in tackling the daunting security challenges faced by Zamfara and the North-West, highlighted the negative effects of Lawal and Matawalle’s feud on the ongoing security initiative in the state and the North-West as a whole.
He said: “Whereas the formation of a unified force among the frontline northwestern states is a commendable initiative that aims to address the incessant attacks, killings, kidnappings, and displacement of communities in the region, Governor Lawal’s actions undermine this crucial effort.
“By diverting attention to a frivolous claim of embezzlement against his predecessor, Bello Matawalle, who now serves as the Defense Minister, the Governor is not only wasting valuable time and resources but also jeopardizing the partnership to end the lingering insecurity in the zone. The Defense Minister plays a critical role in this partnership, and any distractions from the core objective of enhancing security will only hinder progress.”
Abbah however criticized Governor Lawal for frustrating the regional initiative, saying that it is regrettable that instead of focusing on the pressing security challenges, the Governor has chosen to engage in personal vendettas and political distractions.
“This not only reflects a lack of leadership but also a disregard for the welfare and safety of the people of Zamfara and the North-West and demonstrates a lack of understanding of the gravity of the security situation in the region.
“The attacks, killings, kidnappings, and displacement of communities have caused immense suffering and fear among the residents. All efforts must be directed towards finding lasting solutions to these challenges. Engaging in personal disputes and diverting attention from the core issues only exacerbates the already dire situation, ” he said.
According to the group, the governor’s actions towards the security challenges in Zamfara state are regrettable, warning that he must prioritize the security and well-being of his constituents over personal grievances.
“Focusing on the regional efforts to combat insecurity, he can contribute to the collective goal of restoring peace and stability in Zamfara and the North-West.
“Instead, his actions have been detrimental to the ongoing regional initiatives aimed at addressing the security challenges as his distractions and personal vendettas hinder progress and undermine the collective efforts to end the lingering insecurity in the region,” the statement said.