- As condemnations continue to trail the killings across the nation, the Sultan of Sokoto has made his reaction known
- Speaking on Thursday, December 9, the Sultan of Sokoto said that there is no day that passes without people being killed in the northern part of the country
- The Sultan also called on residents of various states across the north never to live in fear of death by bandits' attacks
The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar III on Thursday, December 9, condemned the daily killing of Nigerians across various regions of the country, especially in the north.
Tribune reports that the Sultan said that majority of the killing spree happening in the region is not reported in the media.
He said this at the 4th Quarter 2021 Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) with the theme, ‘NIREC, Security Agencies and Peace in Nigeria’.
The Sultan who is also the co-chair of NIREC said there have been consistent threats by some unknown person who claim that those found attending churches in Zamfara would be killed.
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Calling on both Christians and Muslims in the region to ignore this threat, the religious leader said the insecurity in the northern part of the country is overwhelming.
“When I saw a note that the bandits are threatening Christians in Zamfara, I asked what is the work of our security agencies, why will they come out and make such comment when you have not verified it because you are making people be more frightened."
“I will not stop going to the mosque to pray because I saw in a paper that if I go to the mosque I will be killed, let me be killed, I must die, so Christians should not be afraid of going to church to worship because an anonymous person is threatening them."
He said Nigeria has a series of challenges facing it, and if leaders don’t wake up and come together to understand the issues facing the country, the challenges will escalate.
The Guardian reports that the Sultan also urged citizens to embrace peace across the country and love one another.
He also called on religious leaders in Nigeria to be cautious of some of the teachings they deliver to their followers to avoid misleading them.
For the political leaders, the Sultan said politicians must continue to make platforms available for Nigerians and their supporters to dialogue for peace.
Sokoto leaders write President Buhari over killings
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some leaders from Sabon Birni local government area have written President Buhari over the security crisis in Sokoto state.
The leaders in the state said the mindless killings by terrorists have left them traumatised, recalling the killing of 80 people in just one night by the criminals.
The letter came hours after bandits had ambushed a vehicle, set it on fire and watched the passengers burn to death.
Nigerian Air Force moves against bandits operating in Sokoto
Troops of the Nigerian Air Force have succeeded in leading an aerial bombardment of bandits' hideouts in Sokoto state.
During the operation, the wife and mother of a notorious bandit popularly known as Bokkolo in the state were reportedly trapped as fighter jets of the Nigerian Air Force bombarded his residence.
Air Force which launched its attack in a joint operation with the Nigeria Army, Air Force, Police, DSS, among others succeded in killing many lieutenants of the bandits in Sokoto state.