Kabiru Marafa, Senator representing Zamfara Central, has accused Zamfara Governor, Abdulaziz Yari of paying more attention to being chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, than protecting lives of his people.
Marafa accused Yari of laxity in managing the security crisis in the northern State, urging him to seek for Buhari’s help if he cannot handle security situation in his state.
Marafa alleged that the gunmen who killed at least 41 people in Zamfara were known to officials of the state government.
“Why are people not talking? Why is the state House of Assembly not addressing this issue? Definitely, some people have to be brought to book. He was voted to be the governor, not the Chairman of the NGF.
“If he is not in charge , he should summon the courage to come out and say ‘ this issue is beyond me, Mr. President I want your help.
“I have been complaining but the state government always wants to sweep this thing under the carpet. I said (at the Senate ) that there was a problem and I said Zamfara was under a siege and that the state government had banned all vigilante groups . People who are not security agents now walk about with arms.
“The governor keeps saying that he is spending money. Spending money on what, and why? What you see that just happened is not only in that community. Within the last three days, different communities were attacked in Zamfara. It is just that this one is bigger than others. There are killings and kidnappings going on in Zamfara on a daily basis and nothing is being done.
“Instead of him to sit down and face his problem, he is always in Abuja doing one thing or the other in the name of being the Chairman of the NGF,” Marafa told Punch