Killings: I’m no longer responsible for security of Zamfara –Yari
Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul’aziz Yari, has asked not to be referred as the Chief Security Officer of the state, as he had no control over the security machinery.
The governor’s decision is coming on the heels of weekly killings in the state.
Yari, who spoke to journalists in Talata-Mafara on Friday, said his decision stemmed from the helplessness of the state government and the people over recurring killings in the state.
While deploring the prevailing situation where as the chief security officer of the state, he could not take decisions on strategies for protecting the state and its people, he accused the security agencies of failing to act on President Muhammadu Buhari’s order to stem the killings in the state.
“We have been facing serious security challenges over the years, but in spite of being governor and Chief Security Officer of the state, I cannot direct security officers on what to do nor sanction them when they err.
“As Chief Security Officer, the nomenclature in just a name,” he said.
According to him, since the president’s order, the killings have not stopped. In a week there were attacks in this state which claimed over 30 lives.
He said the state government was spending huge amount of its resources on security but to no avail, therefore, urged people of the state to be more faithful to God and embark on special prayers over the challenges facing the state.
He also appealed to them to be patient and continue to cooperate with the government and security agencies as steps were being taken to address the challenges.
“We cannot keep quiet while our people are being killed daily. We are going to cooperate with all stakeholders to bring the situation to an end,” he added.