By Ibrahim Sidi KAULAHI, Gusau
ZAMFARA STATE Governor Bello Muhammad Matawalle has assured the end of banditry as repented ones were working round the clock to initiate recalcitrants into peace pact embarked by the state government.
Governor Matawalle who announced this yesterday in his Sallah broadcast to the people of the state, said his administration was paying all needed support to efforts by repentant bandits aimed at achieving total recovery of peace and tranquility for normal businesses to return to the state.
“Since the recent incidents, I have been working round the clock, having sleepless nights, holding meetings with the security chieftains and other stakeholders in the State and receiving regular briefs from them on the issue.
“We have also received assurances from the leaders of the Fulani groups, which have embraced our peace overtures that they would reach out to the recalcitrant groups responsible for the attacks and persuade them to accept our peace pact.
“I would like to also use this occasion to express my deep sympathy and register my condolences to families affected by the recent wave of banditry in the villages of Unguwar Rogo, Karda, Bidda and Kajera of Tsafe Local Government Area, and Kabaje of Kaura Namoda Local Government Area.
“I pray to Almighty Allah to grant the souls of those who lost their lives an eternal abode in Janna. May Allah also grant the families that lost their loved ones the courage to bear the loss.
“It is my hope that the lessons learnt from the fasting will continue to inspire us throughout our lives. I believe if we are to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, tolerance and patience which are the primary teachings of the Holy Ramadan, we will have a better world where peace and tranquillity will reign; mutual interdependence will prevail, and economic prosperity will thrive”, Governor Matawalle has prayed.
While congratulating the people of the state on completion of their Ramadan fasting, Matawalle said, “The holy month is a wholesome opportunity for spiritual reawakening, cementing the ties of brotherliness, show of compassion to our neighbours, the needy, and lots of good deeds that make us better”