The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar has said bandits who are becoming more audacious are fast overrunning the Northern parts of Nigeria.
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The Sultan who is considered the spiritual leader of millions of Muslims in Nigeria said that the security system in the region has completely collapsed lamented the high rate of insecurity, which has made the North the ‘worst place’ in the country to live in.
The Muslim leader stated this at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council on Thursday in Abuja, the Nigerian capital.
According to the Sultan, “The security situation in Northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome situation. A 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.”
By Abel Ejikeme