Banditry: Northern elders praise Sultan, knock service chiefs over insecurity

Banditry: Northern elders praise Sultan, knock service chiefs over insecurity

- Concerned by the growing insecurity in the north, elders in the region have again called for the sack of service chiefs

- The elders praised Sultan of Sokoto Abubakar Sa'ad for speaking out against insecurity like they have been doing

- President Buhari was also praised by the elders for committing huge funds towards ending insecurity in Nigeria

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Northern elders under the umbrella of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development have praised spiritual leader, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, for speaking out against the insecurity in that region of Nigeria.

Vanguard reports that the elders hailed the Sultan in a statement they released on Saturday, November 28.

According to the report, the group said the words of the Sultan vindicated northern elders who have continuously cried out over the increase in bandit attacks among other insecurities.

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Northern elders hail Sultan for speaking out against insecurity in the region
Sultan Abubakar Sa'ad (second left) at the 4th NIREC programme where he made the comments on insecurity in the North. Photo credit: @NSCIAng
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They said:

“We most respectfully commend the Sultan of Sokoto, our father,for stating the true position of things in the North, as it concerns insecurity." reported earlier how the Sultan condemned the incessant abductions and killings by bandits in northern Nigeria.

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 (NIREC) in Abuja.

In the statement signed by Engr. Zana Goni and Hajia Mario Bichi, the group's national coordinator and National Women Leader respectively, the elders also knocked the security chiefs for reportedly failing in their duties.

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They commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment towards securing every part of Nigeria but accused the service chiefs of not measuring up.

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"We, however, regret that our Security Chiefs have not shown commensurate commitment in tackling these security challenges, owing to what we see as lethargy and spent ideas."

They urged President Buhari to sack the service chiefs and rearrange the current security structure.

"We call on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the Service Chiefs without further delay, and appoint younger senior officers that will bring fresh perspectives and ideas to bear in addressing the deteriorating security situation in the North in particular, and the country in general “

Meanwhile, also reported that the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, said the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency is facing a setback due to the poor state of some roads in the northeast.

The army chief said the bad roads are hampering the efforts of the military to respond swiftly to attacks by insurgents, bandits and other criminals.

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