The Zamfara Government on Sunday donated food items and clothing materials to more than 8,000 repentant bandits, local vigilance groups and herdsmen as alms, in line with Ramadan.
The state’s Deputy Governor, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, presented the items to the beneficiaries in Gusau.
He stated that the assistance is aid of the beneficiaries to enable them to celebrate Sallah happily.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that members of Vigilance Group of Nigeria (VGN), Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) were among the beneficiaries.
The items donated included 300 bags of rice and sugar, 4,000 sets of women’s clothes and 4,040 sets of men’s wears.
Wakkala, who is also the Chairman of the state government’s Peace, Accord and Reconciliation Committee, said the assistance was part of activities designed by the committee to improve the relationship with bandits groups that have renounced their criminal ways.
‘‘You know, it is part of the activities of this committee to always bring something that will improve the relationship among all the parties involved in the reconciliation process.’’
He, therefore, called on the beneficiaries to sustain the peace agreement they had entered into with the state to safeguard the lives of people and their property.
He assured that the government would look into all problems arising from the negotiation in order to sustain the peaceful coexistence among all communities in the state.