Why I didn’t show up to the Sokoto Security Summit

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From Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

The senator representing the Sokoto East District in Sokoto State, Dr Ibrahim Gobir said his failure to appear at the Sokoto Security Summit with other political actors was not a deliberate decision.

The presentation which was organized last week to reflect on the security situation and how best to approach it in the state brought together key political leaders.

Former state governors, Attahiru Dalhatu Bafarawa and Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko, former deputy governors, heads of all security officers and other stakeholders were among the participants in the meeting.

The senator, while answering questions from reporters in Sokoto, said this weekend that he was also absent to deal with urgent matters bordering on state security.

Gobir, whose senatorial area has been the target of attacks by armed bandits and other criminal acts, said one of his priorities is to ensure the safety of the lives and property of the state’s residents.

“First of all, let me appreciate the organizer of the meeting. The meeting was timely and I welcome its convening due to the current insecurity in part of Sokoto State, my senatorial zone to be precise.

“I wish the meeting would be routine, perhaps every month where stakeholders come to assess and advise on the security situation in the state.” Gobir explained.

He, however, urged the public not to politicize his absence from the meeting, saying that “all stakeholders are working for the progress of our beloved state”.

He also commended the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, among other political leaders, for their determination to ensure peace and stability among the people of the state.

The senator noted that state leaders, regardless of their political leanings, have expressed concern about the insecurity situation, thus underscoring the importance of the meeting.

During the meeting, Governor Tambuwal said the stakeholders have all collectively decided to work together to find a solution to the problem.

He expressed his gratitude to the Sultan for his role in preaching peace and unity in the state and the country as a whole.

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