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Defence ministry: Our critics will be ashamed – Matawalle

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Minister of State for Defence, Mohammed Bello Matawalle, has said those who said the Minister of Defence, Bandaru and himself cannot do the job will be put to shame.

The former Zamfara State Governor said this in response to some persons who had faulted the portfolio assigned to him, saying his administration as Zamfara governor battled insecurity on a major scale.

However, Matawalle has said that he is confident in his ability to handle the job and that he will work hard to secure the nation.

Speaking at a reception organised in his honour in Abuja, Matawalle said, “I have been hearing some people saying my brother Badaru (Minister of Defence) and I do not have the capacity to serve as ministers of defence, these people do not even understand what security is.

“Therefore, this is not where the problem is, what matters most is one’s determination, courage, and opportunity.

“When I was governor of Zamfara State, we took all necessary measures to secure the state. There was a time when we went 100 days without any security challenges. We also spent 9 months without a single person being harmed.

“All measures I took to curb the security problems in Zamfara State, I have to do it first and other governors followed suit. This is because I have a strong understanding of security matters.

“I have a good news to the people of Zamfara State that I will not disappoint them. I believe that with God’s help, we will be able to overcome the security challenges. Those who say Badaru and I cannot do it will be ashamed. They will see that it is God who is doing the work, not them.”

He added, “In the past, we were asking for help. But now, we are in a position to help others.”


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