Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu, has condoled the people of Gaya community in Danko Wasagu Local Government Area over the recent attack by bandits.
He enjoined the people to take the carnage as an act of Allah.
A statement released by his spokesperson, Yahaya Sarki on Sunday, said the governor condoled with the people when he visited the affected community, and expressed regret at the attack.
Bagudu promised to take more pungent measures to further safeguard the lives and properties of the citizenry, assuring immediate restoration of peace and unity and revamping socio-economic activities, especially farming in the area.
He said, “It is really unfortunate that these obnoxious and deadly attacks occurred after the area had been quiet and peaceful.
“We should not allow this vicious cycle to continue and as such all hands must be on deck to provide a plausible solution to the problem.
“Security challenges are not peculiar to Nigeria as they occur everywhere. We must be fast and proactive for peace to return.”
The governor admonished the people to regard the tragic incident as an act of the Almighty Allah that can befall any mortal.
He said: “As mere mortals who believe in faith, both as Muslims and Christians, we should regard this sad development as a trial from the Almighty Allah.
“Also, we should note that passing blame will not solve the problem. What is required is mutual trust and respect for all.
“Certainly, more arms or ammunition will not solve the problem, but respect, support and fervent prayers will do.”
Bagudu again said that the state government had the powers to ban Yan Sakai, but it had not done so.
He, however, urged the vigilantes to collaborate with the security agencies, traditional rulers and the various communities to ensure the success of their activities.
While restating the need to offer immediate relief assistance and shelter to the internally displaced persons, Bagudu cautioned against spreading rumours and fake news.
He also said that the loss of lives was collective and called for more patience, prayers, vigilance and mutual assistance in order to shame the detractors.