Governor Bello Matawalle says he is not at variance with the Federal Government regarding the declaration of ‘No-Fly Zone’ in Zamfara.
“This decision that was taken is very very good and what all Nigerians are looking for is how the bad elements can be flushed out from all corners of the country,” Matawalle stated on Channels Television Politics Today.
The governor said contrary to claims making the rounds, he is not intimidated by anyone; adding that the order is not something to be worried about.
The National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno, had on Tuesday said President Buhari approved the declaration “No-Fly Zone” in Zamfara, as part of efforts to tackle the security challenges in the state.
While stressing that he has no issue with the order, Matawalle however, expressed disappointment that the National Security Council did not consult him before making the declaration.
When asked how he felt about the release of the schoolgirls, the governor said he was extremely happy with the release of the students.
He explained that his administration received the students after engaging the bandits, noting that he lost sleep within the period.
“I am very happy with the situation; I can’t measure how happy I was at that moment. On that very day, I did not sleep because they left Gusau around 11 am in the morning to the area where the children were kept.
“They did not come back to the state capital till after 4 am in the morning which we were all waiting for them in the Government House,” he added.
The governor insisted that no ransom was paid to secure the release of the over 300 abducted students of the Government Secondary School in the Jangebe.
“There is nothing in exchange for the release; we use those (bandits) that are repented. When we use them, they engage them and I said they should ask them why they did that”.