- Prominent Nigerians have been speaking up against the mounting insecurity across the country
- The leader of Nigerian Muslims and The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has added his voice to the calls
- The Sultan charged the authorities to ensure the issue of banditry and kidnappings are addressed soon
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has condemned the incessant abductions and killings by bandits in northern Nigeria.
Alhaji Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigerian Muslims by virtue of his position as the president-general of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, made the comment on Thursday, November 26 at the 4th quarter 2020 meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja.
According to him, the bandits are so daring that they now go into houses to kidnap people.
He further stated that both the Nigerian and state governments must wake up to their responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.
Legit.ng monitored the event via social media through the official Twitter account of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs.
The Sultan said:
“How much onion costs in Nigeria today is an insight into the current economic hardship in the country.
“We do not lack recommendations and solutions to our problems. What we lack is a sense of purpose.”
Some Nigerians have reacted to the timely warning of the Sultan via social media.
Isa Musa Wasagu wrote on Twitter:
“May Allah give those responsible for securing us the ability and will to do it.”
Emma Kabuo wrote:
“There's an adage that says "when the goat finish eating yams planted by the roadside, it will go into the farm". If you and other high-placed chieftains had condemned insecurity in the north in strong voice and mean it, it would have been a thing of the past.”
Adeleke Omoba asks:
“If Mr. President and his security team cannot protect the north where he hails from, who are we to complain in the southwest and other regions?”
Recall that the 2020 Global Terrorism Index (GTI) report recently revealed that total deaths from terrorism in Nigeria fell to 1,245 in 2019, a 39 per cent decline, making it the lowest in the country since 2011.
But, as terrorism declines in the country, banditry is spiralling out of control, especially in northern Nigeria.
A similar report by GTI last year said herders (better known as armed bandits) killed more Nigerians in 2018 than Boko Haram.
To drive home the dare-devil nature of the bandits, a number of them recently abducted the brother of the minister of agriculture and rural development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono.
According to media reports, the gunmen stormed the family house of the minister and abducted his blood brother, Babawuro Tofai.
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