The governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has revealed that his government is doing everything possible in the fight against banditry and peace is gradually returning within communities in Sokoto State, with the displaced people returning to their farms and villages.
Governor Tambuwal stated this on Saturday, after emerging from a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The meeting was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Pent House, immediately after the governor arrived at about 2.30 pm and it lasted for one hour.
The Special Assistant on Media to the former President, Kehinde Akinyemi, confirmed the closed-door meeting in a statement on Saturday.
The statement with the title, ‘Obasanjo still relevant for consultations on issues of governance and challenges,’ described the visit by Tambuwal as an unscheduled one.
The statement quoted the governor as saying he visited Obasanjo for consultation on governance and other issues.
The statement read, “After about an hour meeting behind closed doors with Obasanjo, the governor hinted that they had a successful parley and he was happy that the elder statesman was in high spirits despite the COVID-19 pandemic atmosphere.
“According to Tambuwal, ‘you know Baba is our leader, statesman. And it is always good for us to come around to see how he is doing, pay homage and consult him on many issues of governance. That is why we have come this afternoon. And, we brought him the greetings and felicitations of the good people of Sokoto State.’”
The statement further stated the governor spoke on efforts of his administration to restore stability after recent onslaught by banditry.
“We are reestablishing peace in the northern part of the state, where we have been having challenges of banditry. Peace is returning and people are back to their farms and villages.
“Those of us in internally displaced persons’ camps are back in our homes and villages now. We are doing our best as a state government to ensure that we engender security. And we are doing our best to provide development and employment for our people,” the statement added.