Matawalle calls on Nigerians to disregard ‘Not all bandits are criminals’ attributed to him

Governor Bello Matawallen of Zamfara State has called on Nigerians to disregard the story carried by an online medium that he said ‘Not all bandits are criminals’.

In a statement issued by the Special Adviser Public Enlightenment, Media and Communications, Zailani Bappa on Thursday disclosed, ‘Indeed, His Excellency was at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday to brief Mr President on the security situation in the state.

“He also granted a short interview with the press crew at the villa, the statement declared.

In that interview, he tried to make clear his known and the popular view that not all Fulani are criminals.

“He went on to explain the injustices meted on them such as rustling their cattle as reasons that pushed them to criminality.

“If indeed he mentioned the word Bandits instead of Fulani, then it was an inadvertent mistake as common sense dictates that banditry cannot at any time be justified as a non-criminality.

“We wish to call on all Nigerians who come across this story to disregard the message as that is not at all what His Excellency meant to say nor the kind of message he wanted to portray.

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