Katsina State Governor, Aminu Masari has wondered why some people think he and his colleagues in other states are enjoying themselves during this period of uncertainty when security issues dominate governance.
The governor, who spoke during an interview with DW Hausa on Friday, lamented that the level of insecurity in Katsina is alarming and it has been giving him sleepless nights.
Masari said he hardly gets enough sleep at night because of multiple calls on bad news related to attacks, kidnap, and banditry which he receives on a daily basis from many channels demanding his urgent attention.
“In this difficult time and uncertainty, all the issue of governance has been dominated by security matters from sunset to dawn. I receive security reports at any moment through many channels daily,” he said.
According to him, the insecurity level in Katsina is alarming, adding that “no sensible leader who has the feeling of his people at heart will be happy in such situation”.
“Governing in this difficult time I see no joy that people are saying we are enjoying,” Masari said.
“In this kind of situation we are having sleepless nights. You only have a few hours to sleep with your phone beneath your ears and whoever calls you at midnight won’t do that to greet you but to tell you a problem that is happening.
“People misunderstood us (governors) as people enjoying themselves. Some people are just assuming things and we must not assume what we think is right because if someone is not in the system, he cannot understand the situation.
“The irony of this life is that a governor is being escorted with screaming siren so is the criminal being taken to prison, the dead person in an ambulance and firefighters all use sirens. So what is the joy about the sirens?
“The paramount thing about governance is that once you are at the helm of affairs, always prepare to leave. You must not allow yourself to be carried away by the arrogance of power.”
KanyIdaily had reported how President Buhari directed Governor Masari to strike a deal with brutal bandits who are killing, raping, and kidnapping people in Katsina.