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Katsina govt points fingers at others over killings by bandits – why it matters

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Katsina govt points fingers at others over killings by bandits – why it matters

On Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin, to constitute an assessment team to intervene in Katsina state where armed bandits killed scores of citizens this week in three communities.

The assessment team led by Major General B. I. Ahanotu arrived in Katsina today and were received by the state Deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu, at the Government House, Katsina.

The deputy governor used the occasion to pass the buck:

  • He said the insecurity in Katsina was “inherited” from the previous administration.
  • The current government in the state “immediately took certain measures then to tackle the problem including an amnesty programme for repentant cattle rustlers and bandits.”
  • He said: “The measures we took started yielding some fruits and peace was restored but it could not be sustained because we share boundaries with non-peaceful states like Zamfara and Kaduna States.”

Between the lines: The deputy governor is not accepting any responsibility for the state of things. Claiming to have inherited a problem is a hollow defence as citizens elected the government to tackle it, and they have now had four years to solve it. Also, the deputy governor’s pointed fingers at the neighboring states of Zamfara and Kaduna ignores the fact that the three states are all governed by the APC, and they have had four years already to work together to solve the problem in partnership with the federal government which is also controlled by their party.

Why it matters: Deputy Governor Yakubu was right about one thing – “This problem has to be tackled and solved now, so that our farmers can return to the farms. More so as the rainy season has already set in. If we do not solve this problem now, there may be food scarcity and the Rugu Forest housing the bandits may not be accessible during the rainy season.”

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