By Abubakar Yunusa, Abuja
The Northern Emancipation Network (NEN), has lamented the high level of insecurity in Zamfara State in the last three weeks, asked the State Governor, Lawal Dare, to leave Abuja and return to Zamfara to tackle insecurity.
The group, in a statement by the Secretary General, Suleiman Abbah, described the rate of insecurity as uncontrollable.
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They also blamed the Governor, Lawal Dare for failing to combat the worsening insecurity in the state while spending almost all the time in the Federal Capital, Abuja.
Abbah said that in spite of the previous government’s efforts to curtail insecurity, the situation in the state is today deteriorating, saying that the northern youths are not impressed with the new governor’s ’ attitude.
According to him, “A Governor who does not appear interested in seeking answers to the challenges of security to which the state is exposed, the people continue to live and die under the dictates of killers, kidnappers, rapists and sundry criminal groups that have in recent times, deprived them of the rights to live in peace and security.
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“Killers and other criminals appear to have sensed a paralysing vacuum at the highest levels of leadership in the State since the inception of the new government, and they grow more confident and acquire more competence in subverting the State and peoples security.
“The people of Zamfara have shed enough tears and blood in the last three weeks without appropriate response from those with responsibilities to protect them.
“Villages are being emptied as hundreds of people, due to constant attacks, are relocating to the already congested urban areas of the state and deepening poverty. ”
They further said that for the very first time ever, the popular Shinkafi market had been completely overrun by criminal attackers and all activities crippled and deserted.
The Group insisted that Zamfara is once again becoming its former safe haven for different terrorist groups, downplaying the description of criminal elements in the region as bandits.
NEN then called on the Zamfara Governor to end the unnecessary galivanting in Abuja and to work for the security of the people who elected and entrusted their lives and future in his care.
“Zamfara did not vote you to go about chasing shadows fighting over vehicles and other individuals’ properties but to work to improve their condition in terms of security, most importantly.”
In the alternative, NEN said, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should take the necessary steps to order the Governor back to Zamfara to face the primary task he was elected for.