By Sani Wilson Enemona
Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a full scale state of emergency in all areas where criminals, so determined, are domiciled.
Gov. Tambuwal who, met with President Buhari at the Presidential villa Monday evening for about thirty minutes, pointed out that this would be to enable the Armed Forces to carry out their operations without let or hindrance in all enclaves affected by the declaration.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Special Adviser Media and Publicity to the Governor,Muhammad Bello and made available to reporters in Sokoto on the 13th of December 2021.
It was gathered that this is in pursuant to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution and to further give effect to the process of proclaiming bandits as terrorists by the President.
Governor Tambuwal further explained that these operations, once conceived and ready for execution, “should be carried out simultaneously in the states where the terrorists have strongholds, such as , Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger and Kebbi; as well as elsewhere, where the criminals have hideouts,” he said.
Tambuwal,also called on the President to give premium to the deployment of more manpower to all beleaguered areas just as he advocated for the procurement of sophisticated equipment, particularly, modern technology- which use is now centered around the deployment of drones globally.
He appealed to the President, to consider popular opinions suggesting the recall of retired personnel for engagement in the war against terrorists and the recruitment of more personnel in all the security services.
The Sokoto Governor also pointed out that iview of the security situation in the Sahel, which has escalated tension in the sub-region, the need to ask the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to seek extensive cooperation with the United Kingdom, France and the United States of America on security issues was also suggested.