The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has voiced out over the rising insecurity in the northern parts of the country.
According to the Sultan, bandits and other terrorists operating in the north have turned the region into a killing field.
The Sultan, while speaking at the opening ceremony of the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), noted that bandits were holding the entire region spellbound
He expressed concern that most of the killings were not being reported or underreported by the media.
The Sultan said, “We need to sit down and talk about ourselves. We need to come up with possible solutions to the problems of Nigeria, particularly as regards rising insecurity. In this room, we are the minority, we are the elites and the elites are the problems of this country because we always want things to go our way.”
“Evidently, Nigeria is faced with series of challenges, and if leaders doesn’t wake up, come together to understand the issues facing the country, the challenges might escalate and possibly consume all.
“Let’s not deceive ourselves, everything is not all right in our country, and I have spoken about it repeatedly in different fora. To know that you have a problem means you have part of the solution. The earlier we rise to the occasion, come together, the better for us.”
He called on religious leaders to capitalize on their influence by guiding their utterances in order not to incite their followers.
“We have to be careful in the way we handle, say and do things as religious leaders. We are not political leaders, and therefore, we have to be weary of what we say, where and how we say such things, because our followers will definitely believe in what we say and feel that it is from the Holy Koran or the Holy Bible,” he said.
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