Amid worsening insecurity due to banditry, the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has sworn with the Quran that he has no connection with bandits terrorizing the state.
The governor did this on Sunday in Gusau, the state capital while receiving an award as the Khadimul Quran conferred on him by the Centre for Quranic Reciter, Nigeria.
He also challenged residents of the state, irrespective of their status, to do the same to show they have no hands in the security challenges.
The governor said, “As I’ve been mentioning, the issue of insecurity is not just for Federal Government, governor or other security agencies; the issue of insecurity is for all of us, and we should not politicise the issue of insecurity.
“I have sworn with the Holy Quran that if I know, or if I am part of, or I know anybody who is coordinating this (banditry), or with my hand or any of my family, may Allah not give me (speaks in Arabic) in this life.
“I dare all the people from Zamfara State, from our father, Aliyu Gusau to Yarima Bakura and all the cabinet members, right from the inception of the political dispensation of the state, to take this oat as I did.”
He added that in taking up the challenge, it would be easy for residents to identify those behind the prevailing insecurity.