The Northern Professionals Development Group, on Friday urged the Governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal, to put an end to any kind of media criticism directed towards President Bola Tinubu’s administration and his State Minister of Defence, Bello Matawalle.
The current administration in the state has criticised Matawalle, the governor of the immediate past, for how he oversaw state affairs during his four years in office.
A statement signed by the group’s state coordinator, Bashir Shamaki, said instead of providing good governance, security, political cohesion and progress in the state, some officials of the state government have now become agents of recruiting protesters, media mercenaries for political attacks against the policies of the Federal government and Kaduna respectively.
In a statement released in Sokoto, the group described such attitudes as alien to the unity, development and political maturity in the North.
It read, “We advise the government of Zamfara State under Dr Dauda Lawal to sheath its sword, instead face numerous challenges facing the state, including insecurity, economic and political development to bring succour to the people of the state that are now suffering and lacking almost all the amenities of social services.”
The group condemned the poor outing of governance and continued use of the state’s meagre resources in sponsoring some individuals and groups to protests and media conferences; while hundreds of thousands of Zamfara people are dying from hunger, and insecurity challenges among others.
It added, “There’s no political solidarity or support from the Zamfara people over what their governor is allegedly doing against the Federal government or his predecessor; so why continue spending such millions of naira to finance non-indigenes away from Gusau to protests against issues of political interest?
“Instead of such failed jamborees, reckless spending by the state government to non-profit ventures, why not cooperate with the Federal government towards bringing an end to insecurity, bringing peace and cohesion in the state”.
The group however asked Zamfara elders, ulamas and other political leaders who are part of the state progress to call the governor to order and seek intervention in bringing all the two warring leaders together for harmony, peace and understanding before the escalations of such enmity to a level of destruction and chaos.