Protest in Abuja over Zamfara killings
NEWS DIGEST – Some protesters marched to the presidential villa in Abuja on Saturday over the persistent killings in Zamfara state.
Suspected armed bandits have killed many people in the state.
During the march, the protesters held placards which read “Shame on Yari”, “Silence is not an option”, ‘Nigeria is a failed state’, among others.
Speaking with journalists, Kadaria Ahmed, media personality and one of the conveners of the protest, blamed the governor for not showing “enough concern about killings” in the state.
Ms Ahmed said Yari only cared “about the people of Zamfara when it comes to politics.”
“Our people are being killed like flies and it does not seem to matter to anybody, so that is why we are here and that is why we are marching,” she said.
Mrs Ahmed added: “As far as I am concerned, that governor is the most useless in the history of Nigeria. This is a governor whose reaction to the killings in his state was to resign as chief security officer.
He went on the record to say that he cannot be chief security officer. I don’t know what he is still doing in office.
“How can he govern a state for eight years from Abuja? What sort of leadership is that? We thank God he is on his way out.
“Under him, Zamfara has deteriorated. I grew up in Zamfara, the Zamfara I grew up was peaceful, we had textile, we had sweet factories.”
Ms Ahmed asked the president to show the people of Zamfara that he cares about them.
“We are asking for Muhammadu Buhari, the president of Nigeria, to show the people of Zamfara the same regard they have shown for him,” she said.
“For two elections, they have come out now in large numbers to vote for him, can he for goodness sake show that he cares about them. Can he provide security so that we can sleep in our homes.”