Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara State has called on the military to persist in taking the battle to the bandits’ doorstep as a major panacea to the lingering insurgency in the state.
The Governor made this statement in Gusau, the state capital, when he received a visiting team of members of the Army War College of Nigeria who were on a study visit to the Operation Hadarin Daji in the state, saying that the situation was getting out of hand.
“If the military adopts total proactive measures, the issue of banditry in the state will soon become history,” he added.
The Governor, however, acknowledged that the military is overstretched and also in need of more modern equipment at the moment.
“We understand that the military is overstretched due to the multiple security challenges facing the country as a result of which all the men in the service are currently engaged,” he said.
Matawalle, however, advised that retired military officers be re-engaged in the service while the government further pursues its laudable efforts of acquiring more modern equipment to address insecurity in the country.
He also assured that his administration has noted the commendable efforts of the military in the state over the years and assured that he will continue to give his utmost support to their operations until peace is restored in the state.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Major General U.U. Bassey, commended Governor Matawalle for the support he renders to operating officers in the state, restating the commitment of the military towards ending all the security challenges facing the country.
The team honoured Governor Matawalle with an award.