Some of those collaborating with bandits, according to Governor Bello Matawalle, have admitted to being backed by politicians.
Matawalle made the remark in an interview with RadioNow in Lagos. The Governor of Zamfara State, who did not reveal the names of the politicians exposed by those collaborating with bandits, also claimed that these politicians have been telling bandits not to believe in and enroll in his government’s amnesty and reconciliation program because they do not want him to succeed.
“You know, after we initiated the dialogue, it was supposed to be a collective effort – between the government, the state’s people, and other political gladiators.” Unfortunately, some political elites think they don’t want us to succeed when the government is trying to make sure peace.
“As a result, they’ve made plenty of unprecedented comments about the dialogue and reconciliation issues. And some of those with connections to the criminals have been telling them all sorts of propaganda to make them reject the government’s amnesty and reconciliation efforts.
“We have some records,” says the reporter. Some of the informants that were arrested, we have over 2000 informants in security agencies’ custody, and some of them have opened up and indicted a large number of people. They said that some politicians are sponsoring them, saying that “the state and federal governments are not serious about what we guaranteed them.”