Accusing opposition leaders in Zamfara of sponsoring banditry, mischievous – Senator Marafa
A faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned against using the security challenges in Zamfara to blackmail and intimidate perceived political foes of the present administration in the state.
The faction loyal to Senator Kabir Marafa stated this on Thursday, saying the recent happenings in Zamfara State necessitated the call to stop the ungodly and unethical association of politics with insecurity and religion.
In a statement which was signed by the Spokesman of Senator Marafa-led faction, Bello Bakyasuwa Maradun and sent to DAILY POST, he explained that in the last couple of months, every week comes with one controversy or the other arising from the mischief of accusing leading opposition political figures.
The statement averred that there have sustained campaigns of calumny shrouded in religion and insecurity against some persons in the state.
He said: “The most recent of those instances was the posters of former Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari and two of his loyalists with Mal. Ibraheem El- ZakZaky displayed in strategic places within the state.
“Our understanding is that this is a cowardly act to create a false association between the former governor and the Shi’ite leader to score a cheap political point from public antagonism to the group.
“Earlier last week, official communication from someone presenting himself as the APC scribe of the government faction accused General Aliyu Gusau of aiding banditry to protect his mining investments.
“We made a public statement condemning the action and distanced ourselves from the statement because of the attempt to connect it with the party for which we are all stakeholders and the due respect to the elder statesman even though we are from different political parties.
“Before then, a certain person was arrested wearing a jersey with the picture of Senator Marafa during the military strike against the bandits and that was used as a news item in mushroom online media for another cheap blackmail.
“Other related accusations were made and publicized against Hon. Muttaka Rini and Dauda Lawal Dare and all were from the opposing camps of the APC which we all consider condemnable.
“In the Zamfara State House of Assembly, two members from Bakura and Anka were accused of aiding banditry and suspended from the House without a a fair hearing. Both of them rejected the accusation and got themselves recorded taking the oath arbitrarily imposed on public officials using the Qur’an to exonerate themselves from the accusation.”
The statement said the APC faction viewed the development as an invitation to anarchy which is undesirable at this time, urging government and all citizens to be united in tackling insecurity genuinely.
“On behalf of Distinguished Senator Marafa (CON), we condemn these acts of mischief in totality and consider them capable of worsening the security situation of the state. These baseless accusations and their perpetrators are ungodly, unethical and cowardly”, the statement concluded.
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