The President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called for investigation into kidnappings.
He said those behind the menace should be exposed and brought to book.
He spoke Sunday while hosting ethnic and religious leaders as well as heads of security agencies and the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Sokoto chapter, to a breakfast dinner at his palace.
He wondered what kidnappers in the northwest and some other parts of the country used the ransoms they received for.
“There is a need for a vigorous investigation to unravel those behind this menace and bring them to book,” he said.
The Sultan said no country in the world, including developed nations, was 100 percent safe.
“In some of these advanced countries, people are being killed in thousands regularly, but their media are silent on it. But here in Nigeria, if anything happens, we would start attributing it to one tribe or religion,” he stated.
According to him, no religion or tribe allows violence or criminality.
He said there were bad elements in every tribe and religion, stressing that a criminal should be called by his/her name, not by his/her religion or tribe.
He also stressed the need for government to equip security agencies with the highest logistic support.
He urged Nigerians to support the fight against corruption and insecurity, and continue to pray for the leaders and security agencies to succeed.
He said as humans, leaders have their own shortcomings, urging political leaders to always take corrections.
“Security agencies need our total support, they sacrifice a lot, they are very patriotic, and they do a lot.”
He described as un-Ismalic, a situation where almajiris search for food, instead of Quranic education.
The General Officer Commanding 8 Division, Major-General Hakeem Oladapo Otiki, warned that security agencies would clamp down on anybody attempting to subvert peace in the state.
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Publish date : 2019-06-04 05:45:55