Senator Saidu Mohammed Dansadau, the former Federal lawmaker who represented Zamfara Central in the 4th and 5th National Assembly, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Zamfara State in order to turn away what he described as further destruction of lives and property in the state. Senator Dansadau, revealed that it became necessary to make the call considering the continuous crisis in the state.
He said the Federal Government under the leadership of President Buhari should appoint a sole administrator who will oversee the affairs of the state. This according to him, is the only way to restore order and calm.
The former lawmaker faulted the governor of the state, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, for his complacency in carrying out his constitutional duty of protecting the lives and property of people which has created room for cattle rustlers and Fulani herdsmen to rape, maim and kill innocent citizens, stressing that there is no more safety in the state.
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Disclosing that about 360 people were killed by the activities of the cattle rustlers in the last five years, Senator Dansadau accused the governor of hardly being around in the state as he habitually travels all over the world leaving the state in chaos.
Senator Dansadau, who spoke to newsmen on Sunday, June 26 at Abuja, explained that he has handed in a copy of his letter, calling for a state of emergency in Zamfara state to President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Senate president, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, expressing concern that if no immediate action is taken by the Federal Government to arrest the situation, it may spread to other states. He stated:
“This dereliction of responsibility by the governor of Zamfara State has cost the state, unimaginable number of precious lives and property worth billions of naira.
“In Dansadau state constituency alone, about 360 people have been killed. If the killings in the remaining 23 state constituencies in the state are added, the total number of lives lost can better be imagined. All these losses would have been averted were the governor alive to his constitutional responsibilities.
“One of the pitiful manifestations of the governor’s nonchalant approach to governance is the mismanagement of the relationship between cattle herdsmen and settled farmers in Zamfara State, giving rise to what is now known as cattle rustling.
“From time immemorial, there has been harmonious co- existence between Hausa indigenes and Fulani settlers in Zamfara. In the first 12 years of democracy since 1999, both groups lived in peace, with each respecting the sensibilities of the other.
“There were no killings of tribal coloration; until Governor Yari took the reins of governance in Zamfara state.
“Since then, there has been a trail of daily killings, abductions, rapes, kidnappings, attacks on rustic villages, the scale, regularity and ferocity we have never witnessed before.”
On the issue of bloodthirsty Fulani herdsmen, about two weeks ago, some women in Enugu state led a protest expressing their sadness over persistent attack on their community by suspected Fulani herdsmen.