Zamfara State’s Governor, Dauda Lawal, has emphatically declared that his government will not participate in dialogue with the bandits plaguing the state.
The governor underlined his administration’s stance against negotiating with bandits, emphasizing the harmful aftermath of such interactions.
At a weekly sermon arranged by the state’s Ministry of Religious Affairs on Friday, Lawal stated the state’s strategy would focus more on re-strategizing and refining tactics to tackle the issue, rather than interacting with the bandits.
In a public statement released by his spokesperson Sulaiman Bala Idris, Lawal detailed his thoughts at the weekly sermon in Gusau. He underscored how dialoguing with bandits tends to incentivize and foster an environment of anxiety and unpredictability for law-abiding civilians.
“We need to face the reality – the bandits’ track record from past discussions exposes their unreliability. Persisting in negotiating with them will not lead to any beneficial outcome. It’s vital that we reevaluate our strategy and consider more effective methods to decisively handle this problem,” he emphasized.
Governor Lawal also encouraged traditional and religious figures to stand by the truth and express it, irrespective of who it involves.
“He also called on political leaders and regular citizens to prioritize the state’s safety over politics, insisting that the peace and stability of Zamfara are not up for discussion.”
Prior to this, the Zamfara State Government had blamed the Federal Government for conversing with the bandits. This accusation came to light after an episode where some unidentified armed men kidnapped several students in the state.