Governor Bello Mohammed (Matawallen Maradun) has said that his administration has resolved to leave decisions on Sharia matters in the hands of Islamic clerics in the state for better results.
‘ I am doing this with the utmost belief that it is only the clerics who can bring changes and progress in the Sharia system we are operating devoid of any political interference’, Governor Matawalle announced.
He was speaking when the Islamic Group, ‘Jama’atu Tajdidil Islam’ Zamfara State Chapter led by its National Vice-President, Malam ….paid him a courtesy call at the Government house today. Governor Matawalle said the decision was the best to give the system more credibility.
‘I am not a neophyte in the system here in my state. I was the first Commissioner for Local Government Affairs where the system was domiciled when it was launched. I want a situation where it will no longer be perceived or misunderstood as ‘political sharia’ in the state.
Governor Matawalle said the essence of Sharia is good leadership and harmonious relationship as well as progress. He decried a situation where indigenes of the state are the ones engaged in running the state down due to bitter politics.
‘ Zamfara state is not the only state facing security challenges in the country nor s it the worst hit, but it is the one that is more trumpeted by the same citizens of the state either due to lack of patriotism or sheer political vendetta’, Matawalle observed.
He said the state Government has done a lot in wooing investors to come and invest in the state but most of them are being scared away by negative reports of insecurity which in most cases are being overblown. ‘Unless we stand up and fight negative propaganda against our state, we cannot win this battle in its entirety’ Matawalle warned.
Matawalle recalls that in the past, the story from oil-rich areas of the country is that we are poor and parasitic and many even called for the break of f the country. But with his expose’ of Zamfara Gold to the whole world, the narrative now changes to how we can come together with calls on the Fed Government to now integrate the Zamfara Gold into the national wealth, a call Matawalle said was not necessary as it was already a national wealth.
‘ I will therefore call on the Ulama to embark on mass education of our people on the need to be patriotic and shun negative vices. I will appeal to the Ulamas to key into the Government programs by educating the people rather than joining the unpatriotic citizens in running the government down.
Earlier in his address, the National Vice President of the JTI Malam…. told the Governor that they were at the Government House to register their support and cooperation to the administration and that they intend to train 5,000 Islamic Aid workers in the state which the Governor promises to support.
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