Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has unveiled his plan to halt the escalating banditry in Zamfara state.
According to him, he will send a combined detachment of 30,000 military and police personnel to flush out the bandits who have worsened the security situation in the state, within the first 30 days of his swearing-in as President in 2019.
Atiku who made this promise today December 28 in a video he posted on Twitter, slammed President Muhammadu Buhari for deploying huge number of security operatives to Osun and Ekiti States to grab power for his political party but unable to do same to secure the lives and property of Zamfarans.
He said: “I am following all you (Zamfarans) have been going through in the hands of bandits who steal, kill and destroy your properties.
“My heart bleeds for you and I urge you all to accept my prayer that the Almighty Allah will bring an end to your sufferings.
“I am contesting for the office of the president of Nigeria. I am assuring you that if you, the good people of Zamfara, elect me as President on February 16, 2019 within a month of my swearing-in, I will send a combined force of 30,000 soldiers and policemen to stay in Zamfara and make sure that the bandits you see today, you will see no more.
“When election took place in Ekiti and Osun states, President Buhari sent 30,000 policemen there. I want to assure you that it is more important for me to secure your lives and properties than for me to secure political power for my party.
He tweeted: My message to the good people of Zamfara state. I am saddened by the banditry and killings that have affected your state and by God’s grace, I will do everything possible to bring the killers to book and prevent further killings.