Tinubu’s Minister Accused of Sheltering Bandits in Government House and Gifting Them Hilux Vehicles.
The Zamfara State commissioner for budget and planning, Abdulmalik Gajam, has made startling allegations against, Tinubu’s Minister for defence, Bello Matawalle, accusing him of providing sanctuary for bandits responsible for numerous killings in the state. Gajam leveled these accusations during a Twitter Space discussion hosted by Arewa Twitter on Saturday, November 4.
He further noted that President Bola Tinubu did not adequately scrutinize Matawalle before appointing him as the minister of state for defence. According to Gajam, Matawalle’s appointment was primarily to fill the Zamfara slot and not based on his qualifications or capabilities.
Gajam raised concerns about the lack of significant progress during Matawalle’s tenure, stating, “There is no five-kilometre road built in four years, and billions of Zamfara State’s funds were spent with little to show for it. The state government never contributed to the contributory pension scheme throughout his term.”
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The commissioner went on to claim that Matawalle had distributed Hilux vehicles to bandits and even granted them asylum within the Government House. This shocking revelation has caused outrage, as it challenges the principles of justice and law.
Gajam pointed out that under Matawalle’s administration, vehicles provided by the Federal Government, some of which were bulletproof, were left unattended and poorly maintained.
The commissioner emphasized the need for accountability and expressed concern about the previous government’s approach to dealing with bandits. He stated, “We met a system where bandits were the kings. The government had to go to them to negotiate and dialogue. The same bandits are children who were neglected by the government. As they have taken up arms, they are now being visited regularly by the government.”
Gajam stressed the importance of changing this narrative and holding Matawalle’s government accountable for its actions. He argued that the ministerial appointment was based solely on his origin from Zamfara and emphasized the need for capable leaders who prioritize citizens’ safety and adhere to the Constitution’s principles of protecting lives and resources.
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These allegations have sparked a debate about leadership responsibilities and government actions in addressing security challenges in Zamfara State.