Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has said that his administration has secured the release of over 1000 people from their abductors without paying ransom.
Gov. Matawalle said this he has cultivated the use of dialogue in convincing residents who fled from their homes as a result of the incessant attacks. Matawalle said that he cannot fold his arms and watch is people get killed everyday.
He added that this was why he has employed every tactics he knows, so his people can sleep with their eyes closed. While speaking on Channels Television, he suggested that other governors should come together and employ dialogue in dealing with the abductors.
In his words;
“We have also secured the release of 1,000 captives without paying any ransom. We equally received over 300 sophisticated weapons surrendered by bandits and their leaders.
“To me, as a leader, I cannot fold my arms seeing my people killed every day. I have to initiate anything I know I can to be able to make my people sleep with their both eyes closed.
“That’s why I have to initiate that dialoguing with these people. And I believe that by the time all governors come together and agree on doing so, we can be able to secure our country.”
The Governor also stressed that he wouldn’t partake in the payment of random to abductors. He added that he wouldn’t even advise it.
“I have said it earlier, nothing has been paid to them.
“If you are giving them money, they can use the same money to acquire more weapons which I believe we cannot do. These people, they can listen and you can discuss with them,” he said.
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— Channels Television (@channelstv) February 21, 2021