Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to dialogue with bandits and other criminals in the state.
Naija News reports that Matawalle made the call when he received the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, which paid a visit to the state over Sunday’s fire incident at the Tudun Wada Market, Gusau.
He asked the federal government to map out a comprehensive plan of action to sustain peace and dialogue initiated in Zamfara.
The Zamfara governor noted that all conflicts that have an ethnic dimension can best be resolved through dialogue.
He stated that his administration was implementing various plans for social intervention programmes for youths, women and those affected by banditry.
Matawalle said, “As believers in God, we see the unfortunate incident as a test. Allah subhanahu wata’ala says in the Holy Qur’an, “And certainly, we shall test you with something of fear, hunger, loss of wealth, lives and fruits, but give glad tidings to the patient. Who, when afflicted with calamity, say: “Truly, to Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.”
He stated that the fire destroyed 63 shops and that he had formed a committee to assess the traders’ losses.