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Defence Ministry: Matawalle promised to prove critics wrong with his performance

Mohammed Bello Matawalle, minister of state for defence, says he will work to prove his critics wrong.

Bello-Matawalle, minister of state, defence
Bello-Matawalle, minister of state, defence

Mohammed Bello Matawalle, minister of state for defence, says he will work to prove his critics wrong.

Some Nigerians had criticized President Tinubu for the portfolio assigned to Matawalle, the immediate past governor of Zamfara state.

Daily Trust reports that Matawalle said his administration in Zamfara battled insecurity on a major scale.

The minister of state has said he is confident in his ability to handle the job and that he will work hard to secure the nation.

Matawalle who spoke at a reception organised for him in Abuja, 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 for 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.”

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

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