Security challenges in Northwest will be surmounted, assures Masari

By Suru Charles

Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina is optimistic that the security situation presently bedevilling in the northwest region will soon be a thing of the past.

The governor, who recently made this known while playing host to the deputy governor of the neighbouring Zamfara state, Hassan Muhammad Jarman Gusau, identified Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kaduna, and Niger as States with common security challenges that require mutual understanding amongst them for easy implementation of workable strategies to address the menace

He reiterated the commitment of the States concerned to ensuring the general restoration of peace and security among neighbouring States and other sister states from the Republic of Niger.

According to him, it is worrisome and lamentable the suffering being experienced by the communities in the affected States as unleashed by bandits through their nefarious activities resulting in the loss of lives and properties worth billions of naira.

He added that the number of casualties continues to add up despite all measures by authorities responsible to stamp out the menace.

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The governor was, however, observed to be that the situation would in no distant time be brought under control.

Believing that the Almighty God would for sure answer prayer being relentlessly offered for His intervention, the much-expected peace and sustainable development, as envisaged by him, will soon come to reign.

Overwhelmed by the warm reception, the Zamfara deputy governor, said he and his entourage were in Katsina to attend a multilateral meeting on border security between the neighbouring States of Sokoto, Katsina, Kebbi, and the State of Maradi in the neighbouring Niger Republic.

The visit, as further made known by him, is aimed at enhancing the long-existing cordial relationship between the two States, adding that it also served as a sign of respect to His Excellency Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

The meeting, as gathered by our correspondent, is expected to be presided over by the host governor, Aminu Massari.

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