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#Zamfara is suffering from a sort of triple jeopardy. It is one of Nigeria's poorest states& since 1999 has been led by a procession of venal cads that have excelled only at manipulating religious sensibilities. See Ahmed Sani's bogus Sharia regime&Yari's sermon on meningitis.
It is geographically, literally&figuratively on the fringes of the national consciousness. Like most border states (such as Borno & Yobe) it is on the periphery of governmental attention. Borno&Yobe also had a long history of suffering cross-border banditry before Bolo Haram.
#Zamfara is also largely rural&as in other rural areas, there is scant presence of law enforcement assets. It has huge forested areas that have become ungoverned spaces. Remember the over 1000 lead poisoning deaths a few years ago due to the activities of illegal gold miners.
#Zamfara also suffers for being part of Buhari's northwestern electoral base. There appears to be a conspiracy of silence by most of the local political elites to downplay or not highlight the #Zamfarakillings so as to avoid embarrassing the president. It is costing lives.
With killings continuing unabated in #Zamfara despite the deployment of the army&air force, it's clear that a nascent insurgency is unfolding with banditry morphing into something more insidious. When airstrikes are needed to quell crime, then it is no longer mere criminality.
#Zamfara needs more urgent attention&action to prevent the situation from degenerating as was the case years ago at the onset of the North East crisis. #Zamfara can be saved. Media focus must be relentless to compel government action. #ZamfaraLivesMatter #StopZamfaraKillings
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