Some protesters marched to the presidential villa in Abuja on Saturday over the persistent killings in Zamfara state. At least 50 members of the civil
Some protesters marched to the presidential villa in Abuja on Saturday over the persistent killings in Zamfara state. At least 50 members of the civilian joint task force (CJTF) were killed in a single day last week. Despite the deployment of a thousand security personnel on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2018, the security situation has not improved.
Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara, has been criticised for not doing enough to curb the activities of these bandits. On one occasion, Yari said he had resigned as the chief security officer of the state. During the march, the protesters held placards which read “Shame on Yari”, “Silence is not an option”, ‘Nigeria is a failed state’, among others.
Kadaria Ahmed, media personality and one of the conveners of the protest, blamed the governor for not showing enough concern about killings in the state.
“Yari only cares about the people of Zamfara when it comes to politics. Our people are being killed like flies and it does not seem to matter to anybody, so that is why we are here and that is why we are marching. As far as I am concerned, that governor is the most useless in the history of Nigeria,” she said.
Ahmed asked the president to show the people of Zamfara that he cares about them.
“We are asking for Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, to show the people of Zamfara the same regard they have shown for him. For two elections, they have come out now in large numbers to vote for him, can he for goodness sake show that he cares about them. Can he provide security so that we can sleep in our homes.”