BY GRACE ANYANWU, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State to come clean on his alleged connections with marauders and bandits ravaging his state.
The party said this has become absolutely necessary following Masari’s attempt to politicize the issue by claiming that opposition elements were behind the banditry in the state.
The PDP, in berating Governor Masari, expressed concerns that the governor resorted to playing politics with the lives of Nigerians in Katsina State by blaming imaginary political rivals, when it is public knowledge that he knows the bandits and have been having dealings with them.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, observed that Governor Marasi’s comments had also escalated public apprehension over his government’s alleged complicity in the banditry ravaging the State.
Nigerians can recall that Governor Masari reportedly have some connections with the bandits and even held a much publicized ceasefire agreement meeting with them in September 2019, where the bandits reportedly stated that their grievance was alleged maltreatment by authorities in Katsina state.
Nigerians can also recall that Governor Masari, in June 2020, announced that his peace agreement with the bandits has collapsed because, according to him, the bandits breached the agreement which his administration had with them.
Our party therefore urges Governor Masari to come clean on his connections with the bandits and stop pointing accusing fingers on imaginary political rivals, apparently to divert public attention from deeper issues relating to banditry in his state.
The PDP urged security agencies not to be distracted by Governor Masari’s comments, which is ostensibly to cover for his failures in ensuring security in the state.
The PDP counseled Governor Masari to look for excuses elsewhere as no opposition group is behind the banditry in the state or any part of the country for that matter.