North, Worst Place to be, Insecurity Underreported – Sultan of Sokoto   

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North, Worst Place to be, Insecurity Underreported – Sultan of Sokoto   
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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has claimed that the North ranks as the most insecure region in the country.

He disclosed this at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria inter-religious Council in Abuja, themed, ‘Questioning for peace in the challenges of insecurity and COVID-19’.

The Sultan noted that bandits were freely operating in the North, adding that residents were always on the edge.

He said that bandits moved from house to house, village to village, market to market, with AK-47 rifles openly, purchasing foodstuffs and other items and even collecting change without any challenge from the security agencies.

He said, “Security situation in Northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome situation. Few weeks ago, over 76 persons were killed in a community in Sokoto in a day. I was there with the governor to commiserate with the affected community.

“Unfortunately, you don’t hear these stories in the media because it’s in the North. We have accepted the fact that the North does not have strong media to report the atrocities of these bandits.

“People think North is safe but that assumption is not true. In fact, it’s the worst place to be in this country because bandits go around in the villages, households and markets with their AK 47 and nobody is challenging them.

“They stop at the market, buy things, pay and collect change, with their weapons openly displayed. These are facts, I know because I am at the centre of it.

“I am not only a traditional ruler, I am also a religious leader. So, I am in a better place to tell the story. I can speak for the North in this regard because I am fully aware of the security challenges there. We have to sincerely and seriously find solutions to the problem, otherwise, we will find ourselves soon, in a situation where we would lose sleep because of insecurity.”

Also speaking at the event, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama recommended the best mode of conduct for Christians and Muslims alike.

The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama, outlined a code of conduct for both Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.

“We Christians and Muslims must avoid imposing our religious views on others or denying them public amenities, jobs or influential positions because they don’t belong to our faith.

“Merit, not the vigour of our religious piety or affiliation should determine all we do or get in this country. We should not unjustly or corruptly deprive others of their rights, not to talk of wounding or killing anyone for economic or partisan political interests or because of blind religious zeal,” he said.

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