In a show of solidarity for the developmental projects with impacts on security, socio-economic activities and development of Zamfara State, the Chief of Army Staff, Liuetenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai accompanied the state Governor, Hon. Bello Mohammed Matawalle, on inspection of ongoing RUGA settlement project in Maradun Local Government, on Tuesday the 13th of July 2020.
After a guided tour of the vast expanse of land, General Buratai expressed satisfaction with level of ongoing works and provision of facilities in the RUGA settlement.
He applauded the governor for seizing the initiative to address the root cause of the perennial herders-farmers clashes with attendant deaths and destruction of valuable properties running into huge amount of money.
Acting Director Army Public Relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, made this known in a statement he sent to The DEFENDER in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to the statement, General Buratai urged other states’ executives to key into this laudable project, which have multiplier effects on both security and economy.
He observed that when completed, the RUGA project will provide ample opportunities for youth employment, agricultural activities and industrialization in Zamfara State.
All these activities will impact positively on the welfare and wellbeing of the people of Zamfara State in particular and Nigeria in general, he added.
At the Emir of Maradun’s palace, General Buratai reiterated the resolve and determination of the Nigerian Army to tackle banditry and other criminal activities with the establishment of Special Army Super Camps in Batsari and Faskari, the security threats and other vices will soon be addressed” he said.
The super camps are designed to plan and project raids and offensive operations against identified bandits’ hideouts and routes. He therefore solicited the support and cooperation of the general public in the area of providing information that will guide and determine the conduct and success of the operations.
Earlier, Emir of Maradun, Alhaji Garba Muhammad Tambari, expressed appreciation for the visit and promised to mobilise his subjects to support the military operations in his domain.
In recognition and appreciation of the COAS’ commitment, selfless services and uncommon dedication to duty in the struggles to restoring peace and security, the Emir conferred on General Buratai the traditional title of Jarman Maradun.
The Governor, in his remarks, called on the unrepentant bandits to surrender their arms and key into ongoing zamfara state peace negotiations.
He further promised to provide resources in support of the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to discharge their duties successfully.