According to him, although the people of the state are going through some hardship as a result of the hardship occasioned by the development but that it was better for them to be alive rather than have bandits lay siege on their very existence.
It should be recalled that the Zamfara government shut down all telecommunications networks in the state after the failure of various efforts to check banditry; including the suspension of weekly markets and other drastic measures in the adjoining troubled North-west and North central states.
Mr. Matawalle had told DW Hausa Service back in September that the Chief of Army Staff, Farouk Yahaya, was in Zamfara and led troops into the forests to engage the bandits.
As the Governor said at that time “The bandits are releasing their captives, they are abandoning their motorcycles after running out of fuel. Many of the bandits have been killed by the security forces and the security personnel will sustain the offensive against them until we wipe them out from Zamfara.”
The security agents had been previously accused of ignoring distress calls from communities under attacks by armed bandits. It should be noted that the Governor had said recently that it was the battle against bandits that made him join All Peoples Congress (APC) from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from which he emerged as a the state helmsman.