By Muhammed Saheed
The Presidency has pointed at some traditional rulers in the President’s hometown as the sponsorer of the banditry acts in the spike which foment violent attacks and killing in Katsina state.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made this statement while on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programmer on Monday.
He said, “It is not that we are making direct accusations on anyone, but it is also true that even in the President ’ s native state of Katsina, some traditional rulers have been found complicit in collaboration with the bandits to harm their people.
“In neighbouring Zamfara, emirs and district heads, quite a number of them have been swept out of office. The thing is there are beneficiaries of whatever rotten system you have.”
The President’s spokesman alleged that there were unscrupulous elements in Katsina who are frustrating the efforts of security agencies in an effort to curb the menace of dastard killings in the State.
The President’s spokesman added, “At some point, the Nigerian Air Force had to put a number of aircraft in Katsina, they are still there. In the early part of that operation attacking Zamfara which then was the epicentre.
“They realised that once aircraft took off from Katsina airport before it got to Zamfara for operation, telephone calls would have been made and targets would have disappeared. In the end, we were forced to be flying from distant places like Kaduna and Kano in order to undertake operations in Zamfara.
He, however, concluded that the president can’t fight the menace alone, but all hands should/must be on deck to bring an end to gruesome killings across the country.
“Some people see President Buhari and think he has all the solutions. No. All of us, as citizens have a duty to the nation to provide information to our armed forces.”