Governors of Sokoto State Aminu Tambuwal and Zamfara Alhaji Bello Matawalle, at the weekend called for a collective effort towards addressing Nigeria’s rising security challenges.
The Governors stated this while speaking to journalists at Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North East Local Government Area, shortly after they paid a condolence visit to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta on the demise of his father, the late Pa Arthur Okorie Okowa.
Tambuwal who doubles as Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, said there is the need for all leaders to come together and work hard to save the situation.
“Without security, there cannot be any development and there cannot be peace and you need peace and security to govern.
“You also need peace and security for you to carry out business transactions and even worship. So, it’s key and very fundamental for development in any society.
“So, my charge is that all of us as leaders must come together irrespective of whatever views we may have in terms of approach to how the insecurity should be resolved.
“We should all be seen to be working together in coming up with a synergy and a template for resolving all of these conflicts,” he said.
Tambuwal urged that the new Service Chiefs be given a chance to show their capacity to resolve the lingering security issues in the country.
“They have just resumed; and I think they should be given a chance to work.
“They know the issues; and they know why all of us and many Nigerians came out; to say that the previous service chiefs should give way for new hands to come in; they should listen to the people and also do what is required of them by securing Nigerians,” Tambuwal said.
He commiserated with Governor Okowa on the death of his father; saying the late Pa Okowa, lived a very impactful life and would also be long remembered for raising children that have made great impacts in society.
Tambuwal said that the late Okowa was a great inspiration to his family members; and a great patriarch as well as torchbearer.
On his part, Matawalle said Zamfara had been the epicentre of bandits in Northern Nigeria.
He said his administration had recorded a lot of successes; using the kinetic as well as non-kinetic approaches.
“As a person, I couldn’t just fold my hands and watch my people being killed. We have been fighting that battle using two approaches; the kinetic and non-kinetic and we have also recorded some successes.
“We are all together, we are one; and we have been preaching peace because we want Nigeria to remain one.
“The security of the nation is not just for us as the government but for all of us; and we have lots of roles we can play as individuals so that we can be at peace as a nation,” Matawalle said.