Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle, has been called on by the Arewa Consultative Forum, to disclose the names of the abductors of the 317 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara in Zamfara State.
Matawalle had earlier hinted that he knew the identity of abductors, saying that if he revealed the identity of the kidnappers, Nigerians would be shocked. He made this claim at a solidarity event where the emirs in the state paid a visit to the Governor concerning the recent attack on GGSS, Kangebe.
The Zamfara State Governor made this claim when emirs in the state paid him a solidarity visit on the kidnap of the students.
In light of this, the ACF has called on security operatives to consider the governor as an accomplice to the kidnappers if he fails to reveal the identity of the kidnappers.
The National Chairman of the ACF, Chief Audu Ogbeh, in a statement released through the organisation spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, in Kaduna State on Tuesday, warned against such unguarded statements by figures in authority.
The statement read, “The Arewa Consultative Forum ACF is stunned by a statement accredited to the Zamfara Governor, Bello Matawalle.”
“The governor is reported in the media to have told 17 Emirs who paid a sympathy visit to him on the kidnap of 317 schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School Jangebe in Talata Mafara that he knew the identity of the kidnappers & if he revealed their identity, Nigerians will be shocked.”
“We ask the governor to reveal their identity and let Nigerians be shocked or even the heavens fall.”
“We also ask the security agencies to question the governor on the identifies of the criminals he is trying to hide. If he refuses to disclose their identities, he must be treated as an accomplice to the criminal act of kidnapping.”
“The ACF has been embarrassed by the spate of kidnappings especially of school children spreading like wildfire all over the north.”
“People in positions of authority that will help us out of this mess like Governor Mutawalle must stop embarrassing the north and country with careless statements on a serious issue like the kidnappings of school children.”
“Zamfara State and the north are way behind the rest of the country in educational development. The serial kidnappings of school pupils in the north will only worsen a bad and unacceptable state of education in the North.”
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