Katsina insecurity is failure of Federal Gov’t – Masari’s S. A, Hon Mahuta
A two-times former legislator and Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Bello Masari on legislative matters, Hon Abdullahi Ibrahim Mahuta has blamed the Federal Government for the insecurity in the state, saying “the issue of insecurity in Katsina State is purely a failure of the Federal Government”, Daily Trust reports.
“The governor has limitations in controlling the security apparatus such as army, police and the rest of other security agencies.
“The governor cannot buy weapons for the security personnel in order to confront the bandits. The only thing a governor can do is to complement the security agencies by assisting them to fuel their vehicles, buy patrol vans or give them accommodation. Only the Federal Government can buy sophisticated weapons and ammunitions for the security personnel and it is only the president that can order the security personnel to engage the bandits.
“The highest the governor can do is to enter peace agreement with bandits, which I do not support because there is no way we can sustain it. You can only succeed in such a deal if it is the enemy that requested it, otherwise you will end up financing the bandits to buy more weapons which they will use against the country. Anytime you enter into such an agreement, they betray you and when you come back for another reconciliation, they will demand for more funds.”
Daily Trust on Sunday, however, reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered a military action against bandits in Katsina, Niger and Zamafara states recently.