Banditry: FG at Town Hall Meeting in Katsina, Says Doesn’t Play Politics with Security, Welfare of Citizens

*L-R: The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Katsina State Governor, Alhaji Bello Masari; Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Bello Matawalle; Governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Waziri‎ Tambuwal and the Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (Rtd) at a Special Town Hall Meeting on Security in Katsina on Tuesday‎.

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By Ngozi Ekhator 
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the Federal Government does not play politics with the security and
welfare of the citizens.
The Minister made the remarks in Katsina on Tuesday at a Special Town
Hall Meeting on Security (Banditry, Cattle Rustling and Kidnapping).
“Today’s Town Hall Meeting is very unique. Since we started in 2016,
this is the first time that we are having Governors from the APC and
the PDP as panelists.
”This is first a testimony to the fact that this Federal Government
does not play politics with the security and welfare of citizens and,
secondly, a reflection of the patriotism, commitment and nationalism
of the Governors, irrespective of their party affiliations,” he said.
The event had in attendance the PDP Governors of Sokoto and Zamfara,
Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Alhaji Bello Matawalle respectively,
as well as the host Governor Aminu Bello Masari of the APC.
The three Governors joined the Minister of Information and Culture,
Alhaji Lai Mohamed; Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi
(Rtd) and the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as
Alhaji Mohammed said even though a lot of successes have been recorded
in tackling the unique security challenges in the North West, such
efforts have not been receiving much publicity in the media.
“Unfortunately, the progress that has been made in combating banditry,
cattle rustling and kidnapping has not made the kind of‎ headlines that the security challenges were making at their peak. It has therefore become imperative for the Federal Government, working with the affected states, to provide a platform for the Governors of
the front-line states to highlight the successes they have achieved in
their various states in tackling these cases of insecurity, as well as
for relevant Federal Government Ministers to highlight the efforts
that have helped to drastically reduce the level of insecurity in the
North West,” he said.
The Minister expressed delight that the unrelenting efforts of the
Federal Government as well as the determination and innovative efforts
of the governments of the affected states have yielded positive results.
He said the Federal Government will continue to use the Town Hall
Meetings to regularly give account of its stewardship to the people,
in addition to getting a feedback as well as input from them, thus
enhancing citizens’ participation in governance.
In his remarks, Maj.-Gen. Magashi (Rtd) said three of the nine special
military operations in the country are concentrated in the North West,
in order to most effectively tackle the security challenges in the
For his part, the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Aregbesola, said 6,000
personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps are
currently operating in the North West, with six hundred of them
deployed as Agro Rangers to tackle farmers-herders clashes.
There was consensus among the participants at the event that
there has been a tremendous improvement in the security situation
in the North West.
They however made a number of suggestions that could further
enhance security in the region.
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