Bello Matawalle, Zamfara State governor, has reacted to the decision of the National Security Council (NSC) to declare the state as a no-fly zone area.
Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd), the National Security Adviser (NSA), announced this at the end of the NSC meeting on Tuesday.
Monguno also announced that the Federal Government has banned mining activities in the state.
He said the actions were taken as a result of the high level of insecurity in the state.
However, speaking on the development when Kayode Fayemi, chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Ekiti governor, visited him, Matawalle said he is not sure the federal government understands the situation.
“It seems the security council doesn’t understand where the nature of the security problems in Zamfara state but if they decided to take such action let them go ahead.
“I’m not afraid of any body and the problem of insecurity in the state predated my administration.
“Nigerians are waiting to see the outcome of the security council resolution to see if these bandits would be crushed. If the federal government fails to crush them after this resolution, then Nigerians will understand that they only sat and serve themselves tea, nothing more,” he said.
He revealed that he had started investigating those behind the abduction of students of Government Girls Secondary School in Jengebe.
On his part, Fayemi said the federal and state authorities must work hard to put an end to the spate of kidnapping in the country.
Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi accompanied Fayemi on the visit.