The presidency has said those ridiculing the people of Zamfara State over the spike of killings in the area are actually shaming Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded general elections.
The state prior to the 2019 general elections had witnessed incessant increase in criminal activities often blamed on bandits in the area.
President Muhammadu Buhari who sought re-election on the platform of the All Progress Congress (APC) defeated the PDP candidate with over 4 million votes to actualize his second term ambition.
Abdulaziz Yari, the state governor who had promised to resign if that will curtial the situation but yet to do so has been described as the most useless governor nationwide.
A veteran journalist, Kadaria Ahmed, who gave the description on Saturday in Abuja during a protest pleaded for the intervention of the Federal Government under the leadership of Mr Buhari.
Ms Ahmed and the people of the state has been a subject of ridicule, by perceived supporters of the opposition including those from the PDP, for re-electing the president despite the security condition situations in the state.
While reacting, the director of strategic communications for President Muhammadu Buhari campaign organisation, Festus Keyamo, said those mocking residents of the state are actually shaming Mr Abubakar.
Mr Keyamo said this is because the former vice president has been adjudged by the people of the state as not fit to pilot the affairs of the nation.
“Those who’re deriding the pple of Zamfara for voting PMB, despite security challenges, are not really shaming them; they’re rather shaming their own Presidential candidate who, in spite of these challenges, was never considered a trustworthy alternative to PMB by the Zamfara pple,” the presidential spokesman said on Monday through his Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, in reaction to the call made by the protesters over the security situation in the area, the federal government has suspended mining in the state.