Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has appealed to the Presidency and the National Assembly to dialogue with all aggrieved Nigerians to end the current wanton killings and security challenges in the country.
He described the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians as disturbing and dragging the country into a critical state.
The traditional ruler said it was sad that insurgents could freely seize villages and spend more than eight hours killing children, women and innocent people without the authority doing anything to save the defenceless residents.
“Such thing happens in the north-east today; it could be somewhere else tomorrow. Therefore it’s compelling for the leaders and all Nigerians to wake up and see how we can address this security challenge,” he said yesterday in Dutse, Jigawa State, at the closing ceremony of the national Qu’ranic recitation competition. Sultan Abubakar lamented that ordinary Nigerians were living in abject poverty, hunger, disease and squalor which, he said, showed that the country was in the wrong direction.
The eminent monarch also expressed sadness over the increase in Fulani/farmers’ clashes as a result of struggling for the control of the resources between the two parties. He stated that the clashes had led to loss of several lives annually due to the failure of leaders to address the problems despite many submissions and proposals, including the one he chaired.
“The issue of insecurity is not something that one can toy with or bring ethnic or religious factor into it. To the best of my knowledge and experience, it is not loss of faith or glory to join hands with anybody from anywhere to address the security challenge in your country or hometown.
“I want to use this opportunity to call on the National Assembly and the Presidency to come up with a law and effective strategies to bail out the country from this critical condition. This should include dialogue with all aggrieved groups, including militants, the so-called Boko Haram, political gladiators, and even armed robbers who are into crime business due to necessity,” he said.
The Sultan thanked the Jigawa State government for the successful hosting of the competition aimed at encouraging the youths to read the Qu’ran and apply it in their lives accurately.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, challenged Nigerians who are agitating for the break-up of Nigeria or channelling their grievances through violence to learn from the Sudan and South Sudan crises.
He said Sudan which was formerly a single entity and had common features with Nigeria did not make progress by resolving to settle their differences through violence.
Two candidates from Kaduna State in male and female categories of 60 Hizib with Tafsir emerged winners at the competition.
Sulaiman Sale idris scored 95.3 per cent in the male category and emerged the overall winner while Wasila Halliru Sani got 93.8 per cent in the female category.
It featured competitors from 27 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in 12 categories.
Over 25 brand new cars, hajj seats, scholarship, computers, cash and other gifts were given to the winners.
The chairman of the occasion and governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), said “the Qu’ran is a complete way of life which has the answers to all our problems”.
Dignitaries at the ceremony were Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, Governor Babangida Muazu of Niger State, Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State and the deputy governors of Kano and Katsina states.
Others were the Shehu of Borno, Umar Elkanemi Garbai, and 25 other traditional rulers from across the country.
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