Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Bello Matawalle, yesterday, blamed northern leaders for the insecurity ravaging the region.
He said the elite in the north have no vision for the region beyond gaining political power.
He made the remarks while delivering a paper titled "The Fight Against Banditry in Northwest Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions" at the inauguration of the new executives of Arewa Media Writers Association in Kaduna.
Matawalle, who was represented at the event by the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Magaji, said, "What we witness today, however, are horrible crimes unimaginable, which include rape, killings of women and children, kidnapping, highway robbery and other gruesome atrocities.
"It is evident, therefore, that we, the leaders, are responsible for the plight of the north. The north lacks responsible leadership to steer it through our time's uncharted waters. Our ruling elite has no vision for the region beyond gaining political power.