Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle has charged the newly appointed service chiefs to sustain victories obtained by their predecessors in the fight against banditry and insurgence.
The Governor said this in his reaction to the appointment of new service chiefs on Tuesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Matawalle who spoke shortly after the state’s weekly executive council meeting in Zamfara noted that he enjoyed support from the outgone military chiefs in dealing with insecurity in the state and expressed optimism that more support and victories will be recorded during the tenure of the new service chiefs.
“When I came up with the idea of introducing a genuine dialogue with the bandits, all the service Chiefs fully cooperated with me by suspending Military action on the bandits to pave way for the talks which yielded tremendously positive results”, Matawalle noted.
“Similarly, when we encounter recalcitrant bandits in our journey to peace, the military chiefs also keyed into our remodelled peace accord of ‘carrot and stick’ approach by employing both Kinetic and non-kinetic approach to the peace process, which is also recording a lot of success” he further noted.
Matawalle added that the situation in Zamfara needs coordinated support from the security operatives, and expressed confidence that the new service chiefs are capable and will deliver on the mandate given to them by the President.
“I am confident that the new service Chiefs are going to record even more successes as they are judged as very excellent officers with non-blemish records of service. Zamfara State wishes to endorse this gallant decision of Mr President for ensuring that only the best is now tasked with replacing the former.”
“The fight against banditry and restoration of peace and harmony is a responsibility for all. The state government wishes to assure the new Service Chiefs of its ever readiness to support them in the task of liberating the people from the shackles of banditry and associated crimes in the state and indeed, the region’ Matawalle added.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Government has revealed why it rolled out the initiative of linking citizens’ National Identity Number (NIN) to their various SIM cards.
Speaking at the Global Privacy Day Celebration, 2021, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, explained that the pressure on Nigerians to link their NIN details to their various phone numbers was to establish a consistent database and as well for easy identification purposes.1
The Minister reiterated that the exercise would reduce drastically crime rate and provide a credible and consistent database. Pantami noted further that Nigerians would come to appreciate the initiative as e-government services would be delivered at ease in coming days.