National Commission for Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees has visited Zamfara on fact finding mission towards finding a lasting solution to the lingering problem in the state
The team, led by its leader, Alhaji Buhari Bagiwa (Barden Gabas of Katsina) said they’ve visited Sokoto, Katsina and Zamfara and have seen orphans, widows and dejected people who needed help and assistance.
In Zamfara State, they have visited a lot of flash points including Maradun, Anka and Zurmi. Alhaji Bagiwa said their was genuine reason to render help as they have seen the level of internal displacement in the state.
He specifically commended Governor Bello Muhammad for the efforts of his administration, not only for the peace process, but also for catering for the displaced people.
“peace is not negotiable. If the only thing your administration does is to bring peace, then you have justified your mandate”, Alhaji Bagiwa told the Governor.
In his response, Governor Matawalle said he decided on peace process because fire power alone is not the means of achieving peace. According to him, the result is now there for everyone to judge.
Some of these achievements including the release of over 300 abducted persons and the absence of further abductions or clashes within this period. The peace accord has also led to the re-opening of all markets that were hitherto closed due to lack of peace.
Significantly, he said, the major roads that were also abandoned have now been re-opened which include Colony to Jibia and Funtua to Birnin-Gari.
Also of remarkable note is the release of ten Niger nationals and one Ghanaian.
Governor Matawalle further assured that his administration will push the peace process to a logical conclusion and also build the Rugga settlements he has promised as part of the aftermath of the crisis in the state. He called for the assistance of the Federal Government and all well meaning interests in this regard
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