The sultan of Sokoto, the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslims, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, speaks to the media at the state house in Abuja on December 27, 2011. Nigeria’s top Muslim spiritual leader sought to calm tensions Tuesday after meeting the country’s president over deadly Christmas attacks claimed by Islamists that risk inflaming sectarian divisions. AFP PHOTO / WOLE EMMANUEL (Photo credit should read WOLE EMMANUEL/AFP via Getty Images)
The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, JNI, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has decried the persistent killing of people in the country by bandits and insurgents under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch, Page 36 learnt.
Abubakar said that the spate of insecurity in Nigeria, with particular reference to the North, should give those in government at Federal and State levels sleepless nights.
He made this known in a statement by JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
The Monarch appealed to Security Agents to put in more efforts in curbing the issue of insecurity across Nigeria.
The statement reads partly: “The repeated massacre of people, as well as the senseless burning of houses and livestock in Borno, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Niger States, and indeed other States such as Adamawa, Kaduna, and Taraba, should give President Muhammadu Buhari and its functionaries at both Federal and State levels, sleepless nights.
“By now, an instantaneous pronouncement followed by robust actions should have been made by the government of the day, not verbal warnings and condemnations dished out to the perpetrators of the murderous acts.
“Is the government of the day not a popular government? Is it not a participatory government?
“Why does public opinion(s) not matter to it? Or is public opinion(s) not considered an ingredient to the government of the day?”
The Sultan’s remark is coming at a time the Presidency declared that President Buhari is capable of dealing with terrorism and banditry in the country.
The Presidency had called for patience from Nigerians, as the Military explores areas to deal with the menace of insurgency and banditry.
A few days ago, a Coalition of Northern Youths had given Buhari 14 days to end insecurity in the region.
They had vowed to take over the government, if Buhari fails to end insecurity in the region within the ultimatum given.