Negotiating With Bandits, Not A Sign Of Failure – Gov. Matawalle

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Gov. Bello Matawalle
  • Three repentant bandits had surrendered their arms and accepted the government’s peace initiative

Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, on Monday, said negotiating with bandits is not a sign of failure.

He stated this at the Government House in Gusau while receiving some repentant bandits who surrendered their weapons and embraced his administration’s peace deal.

Governor Matawalle believes the only way to put a stop to the current insecurity in the state is to dialogue with the bandits.

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He also described as unfortunate the thinking of some politicians who regarded the peace initiative as a failure, arguing that every war ends on the dialogue table.

“It is not a failure or thing of failure for someone to initiate dialogue. Nowhere in the world is succeeding without coming to the table to sit down and negotiate,” he said.

“Just for today, the weapons we have here show and indicate the successes we have recorded because leaving this kind of dangerous weapons in the bush can create a lot of havoc.

“By bringing them to the security agencies, we have reduced their capacity and capability. Allowing these weapons to carry their weapons round to communities, cross-border to other states, that is what has made Nigeria be in the hot seat as of today.”


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