Insecurity: We are not happy in Katsina – Governor Masari told New Chief of Army Staff
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State says, the State is not pleased with the issue of Banditry accompany by kidnapping, raping innocent women, armed robberies, Metro Daily reports.
He made this assertion while playing host to Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt Gen. Faruq Yahaya and his entourage on an operation visit to Katsina State in his office.
The Governor said, people of state are not disturbed with the way and manners in which bandits operate while thanking God for a little improvement for the past six months.
“Well, we here in Katsina, if we say we’re very happy we have not been honest. We’re disturbed with this issue of Banditry accompany by kidnapping, raping innocent women, armed robbery on our highways. Every day we pray to God. We thank God definitely when we compared our situation six months even last year, we need to thank God that there is some progress in restoration of normalcy in our State.
“ Like I have spoken on several occasions, that this issue is everybody business. It is not only the business of security agencies alone. It is our collective responsibility to secure our communities. And to secure our locality and ourselves”.
According to Governor Masari, the bandits terrorizing people in the State are people who have been living peacefully with their neighbors for centuries, but something went amidst and the found themselves in this situation.
“And we must, and we can overcome this situation and restore normalcy to our communities. But this can only be possible with the cooperation of all and understanding,, especially journalists and the social media operators.
He challenged people to collaborate with the security agencies in restoring peace in their domains.
“If we say we’re 100 percent dependent on men and women on uniform, how many are they compares to the population of Nigerians.
“We as a government, apart from canvassing for inclusiveness of everybody in terms of role each one of us can play in security and as government, we have amended our local government laws which will reach to the grassroots in restoring peace.
“All efforts was towards restoring normalcy. We want Military to go back to barracks, Police to assume to law enforcement, but this can only be done if we restore normalcy to our communities. It was done before, and can be done today. I do believe with the determination, commitment perseverance, we can achieve that also with the understanding of the media.
“Media has a critical role to play. I know good news and bad news to a newsman, but can only become too bad to deploring the atmosphere. There are many ways in reporting what is right and if you know what you’re going to report will create more problem, why reporting it to create problem?, Masari opined.
Earlier on his part, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt Gen Faruq Yahaya appreciated the cordial relationship military are enjoying from government and people of Katsina State ranging from logistics among others.
“I am here on operation visit to A division and to commission area command, having assumed office as Army command, in May, we all know the circumstances with what happened to late COAS.
“As usual, after assuming the Command, also go to the ground to see troops and interact and see what they are doing, to appreciate them and appreciate their challenges even though we know them, but there is need to interact with them one on one”.