Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has sworn by the Holy Quran that he has no connection with bandits terrorising the state.
Speaking during an award event organised by the Centre for Quranic Reciter, Nigeria, on Sunday, Matawalle asked politicians in the state not to politicise the issue of insecurity.
While receiving an award conferred on him by the center, the governor also asked the people of Zamfara to swear that they have no connection with bandits.
The governor said the reason is that it will be easy for residents to identify those behind insecurity and ensure peace is restored in the state.
He said as the chief security officer of the state, he will do everything possible to provide a secure and peaceful environment.
Matawalle added that it is important for residents to be able to go about their lawful business without fear of anyone harming them.
He said: “As I’ve been mentioning, the issue of insecurity is not just for federal government, governor or other security agencies; the issue of insecurity is for all of us, and we should not politicise the issue of insecurity.
“I have sworn with the Holy Qur’an that if I know, or if I am part of, or I know anybody who is coordinating this banditry, or with my hand or any of my family, may Allah not give me in this life.
“I dare all the people from Zamfara state, from our father, Aliyu Gusau to Yarima Bakura and all the cabinet members, right from the inception of the political dispensation of the state, to take this oath as I did.“