The Zamfara Conflict Resolution Concern Forum (ZCRC) has called President Bola Tinubu to immediately set the stage for the declaration of and indefinite state of emergency in Zamfara state following the mounting security challenges the state is currently experiencing.
The Convener, Tukur Sabi Gusau in a press statement, said the people of Zamfara cannot continue to live and die under the dictates of killers, kidnappers, rapists and sundry criminal groups that have deprived us of our rights to live in peace and security.
He said the persistent absence of the Governor, Dauda Lawal in the state in the face of daunting security challenges and proving the widespread concern that he is patriotically ill-prepared, morally ill-equipped and apparently lacking in the resolve required to protect a people in distress.
He said the indiscriminate acts of violence, crime, and acts of terror have not only caused immense harm to innocent lives but have also instilled fear and anxiety into the hearts of our fellow citizens.
“It is regrettable that the lack of the Governor’s active involvement in addressing these challenges intensifies the despair felt by all of us, further eroding our trust in the preparedness, sincerity and political resolve to protect our lives and properties.
” Governor Lawal’s audacity for flying out of the state on the day unspecified number of female students were forcefully abducted from their campus, presumably to attend the ongoing UNGA in faraway New York, are testements to his lack of integrity, decisiveness, and a firm commitment to the welfare of our people.
“The situation becomes even more worrying considering that the Governor is not even among the official delegation of Mr President to UNGA.
“The only available option for the rescue of the people of Zamfara from Governor Lawal’s administration that had within such a short time acquired the reputation of being the worst in the history of our state in terms of any capacity to generate confidence in achieving credible national goals, is the declaration of a state of emergency by the Federal Government.
“With such level of lack of strong leadership at the state, it is understandable that criminals and killers feel emboldened and see an opportunity to exploit the system leading to an increase in their confidence and competence in subverting the state and compromising our security,” he said.