Insecurity: Gender Protection Group Accuses Zamfara Gov Of Double Standard
By Chibuzor Emejor
The Girl-child Right and Freedom Protection Centre(GRFPC), a gender-based non-governmental organisation, has accused Zamfara State Governor,Dauda Lawal, of double standard and playing politics with the lives and property of the residents of the State.
A statement issued by Chairperson of GRFPC, Lynda Temitope Ajayi, alleged that the Governor is politicising the security situation in the State which has further endangered the lives of some female students of the Federal University, Gusau, currently held in captivity by bandits.
This criticism is coming on the heels of the video footage and images which surfaced online, showing an official of Zamfara State Government negotiating with the bandits, leading to fears that the government is using the situation for political gain.
The Gender Protection Group had earlier flayed the Governor for abandoning innocent women for a personal trip abroad only to return several days afterwards and attempted to manipulate the situation for his dubious political agenda.
Ajayi condemned the indecision of Zamfara State Government, which earlier rejected the idea of negotiation with bandits as an option.
The Group threw its full weight behind the calls for the declaration of a state of emergency by the Federal Government, saying that remains almost the only way out.
“The nation cannot continue to afford entrusting the lives of innocent students, vulnerable members of society in the care of people who have proven themselves irresponsible, insensitive, incapable and harbouring personal agenda for self-perpetuation.
“Zamfara State is facing a full-blown crisis on a range of fronts, and the State Governor seems unable or unwilling to respond with appropriate concern.
“The entire State is under direct attack but there is a leadership vacuum right now, and he is not filling it.
“In moments of crisis, the Governor is called upon to be a leader. And when people are feeling scared and angry and outraged, they look to him for that, and they’re not getting much,” the Group said.
While calling on the security operatives to immediately arrest and interrogate the motives and extent of damage caused by the Commissioner shown negotiating with the bandits, the Group said government must not look away in the face of this impunity and deliberate compromise of security.
“Governor Lawal, it is clear, has failed to prioritise the safety of the victims and work on securing their release without endangering their lives.
“Political point-scoring should be avoided in this situation, as the lives of innocent individuals are at stake.
“The situation in Zamfara State remains tense, and the lives of the students held in captivity are still at risk.
It is imperative that the Federal Government takes immediate action to address this crisis and prioritise the safety of the victims.
“The state government’s negotiation with bandits has raised concerns about its motives, and it is crucial that political point-scoring is avoided.
“The civil society and all stakeholders must to hold the Zamfara State Government accountable for its actions.
“The abandonment of innocent women for personal gain is unacceptable, and it is crucial that their voices are heard.
“Ultimately, the safety and well-being of the students held in captivity must be prioritised above all else and government must take swift action to secure their release without endangering their lives or compromising their future,” the group said.