The current level of insecurity in the Northern states championed by the Boko Haram Sect is not only a source of worry and concern to everybody but is also slowly and surely tearing apart the very fabric of the peoples’ religion, social and economic life, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar has said.
The Sultan who made this assertion on Thursday at the Central Council Meeting of Jama’atu Nasril Islam held in Kaduna, called on Northerners to rise up and face these challenges for the betterment of the region in particular and Nigeria in general.
“We must come back to our senses and say firmly and resolutely that enough is enough. The bloodshed must stop. Each and every one of us must come to appreciate that we cannot continue on this destructive path,” Sultan said.
The Sultan further said everybody must open active, meaningful and sincere channel of dialogue and communication to ensure that those who are grieved are given listening in order to genuinely address them.
He challenged the Muslim community to take a resolute stand against those who take advantage of this unfortunate situation to wreck havoc in the society in pursuit of their narrow interest.
The Muslim Leader further tasked traditional and religious leaders in Nigeria to bear special responsibility in counseling those in position of authority in federal, state and local government levels in order that governance must be equated with service to the people and the socio-economic development of the society.
“The prosperity of the State must translate into the prosperity of the entire populace; it shall not be the exclusive preserve of the few who happen to have access to State resources.
“The federal, state and local governments must embark on meaningful developmental programmes that will make life easier and more pleasant for the majority of our people.
“The current level of poverty, especially in the Northern States, cannot be acceptable in any decent society. We can hide behind our rhetoric but we cannot run away from the stark realities which characterize the daily lives of our people,” he stressed.
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