By Zailani Bappa.
When Governor Bello Muhammad, (Matawallen Maradun) took the mantle of Leadership in Zamfara State, he met on ground a daunting task of piecing together a fragmented society bedeviled with unprecedented security situation as it was.
The combined forces of the Military, the Police and plain clothes Security was mounting on its oars to end the social problem, but as they kept succeeding, so the menace took its new turns. The solution, certainly, lies not in fire power alone. There was the need to look outside the box.
Hence, Governor Matawalle came as a blessing to the people of Zamfara as he brought his quality experience and knowledge as the Chairman of House committee on Security and his vast outwards experience, to chart a new course of action. He immediately instituted a truce between the bandits and “Yan sa kai” and the bandits just as the security holds its fire.
Today, no single person was abducted in the last three weeks. Within the same period, both bandits and “Yan sa kai” have released a total of 112 of their victims and are ready to release the rest in the coming week. After that, the process of disarmament will begin. This ingenuity was applauded by prominent Nigerians, the late being the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
But then, after disarmament, what next? What is needed to be done to prevent the future occurrence of the menace? Governor Matawalle has put in machinery a resettlement mechanism in form of three Rgga settlements, one in each Senatorial District. These settlements will be housed on 100 hecters of land each and will have all the social amenities including schools, clinics and grazing lands. Ultimately, this may finally signal the end of banditry in Zamfara State. And this will be Matawalle’s Midas torch in terms of Security needs of the state.