- Nigerians have the right to protest, Sultan of Sokoto has declared
- According to the monarch, the government must do everything to safeguard the lives of Nigerians
- The sultan also urged Buhari to listen to advise
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As residents continue to protest in the northern part of the country against banditry and insecurity, a prominent monarch in the region, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to advise.
The respected monarch who is also the president-general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam said the president should listen even if the advice is coming from perceived enemies.
He disclosed this in a statement signed by the JNI secretary-general, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
The sultan who said Nigerians, especially northerners have the right to protest insecurity, told the government to stop condemnations and instead take decisive action.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the presidency assured Nigerians, again, that the nation’s armed forces are fully capable of dealing with the challenges of banditry and terrorism.
This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday, June 16, by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The president has come under immense pressure in the last few days as bandits laid siege in his home state of Katsina, killing innocent locals.
The situation prompted widespread outrage culminating in protests in the state.
Angry protesters in Katsina took the streets this week calling on the president to resign and accusing him of failing to protect them.
Videos shared on social media last week showed angry residents pulling down billboards of the president and setting up bonfires.
Despite assurances from the president, many Nigerians are of the opinion that the president has largely failed.
Comments on the Facebook page of the president's aide, suggests the president is losing support even amongst his kinsmen who have been supportive of his administration in the past.
Abdulkadir Umar Jabo wrote: "That is what you have been saying for five good years. No more excuses now. We loose (sic) hope in your administration."
Ahmed Muazu wrote: "Same story every day."
Muhammad Bello Dauda Maikusa wrote: "We are tired. Let Buhari resign. In 2015, Buhari told Jonathan to resign."
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