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Boko Haram & Bandits are same – Sultan Abubakar challenges govts to secure all forest reserves; queries govts’ on information management

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In his characteristic forthright manner, the Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar has challenged governments to set their priorities right on the spate of insecurity before it worsens. He has equally urged citizens to see insecurity challenge “as a national disaster” that requires collective efforts to combat. Meanwhile, Defence Minister, rtd Major-Gen. Bashir Salihi Magaji has described last week’s air force planne crash a national disaster. Abubakar made this known in a statement by the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) Secretary, Khalid Aliyu while reacting to the recent abduction of 29 students of Government Science College, Kagara in Nigeria by armed bandits. The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said both Boko Haram insurgents and armed bandits are the same. The prominent monarch said Boko Haram insurgents have eventually transmuted themselves into armed bandits and kidnappers, with the aim of overrunning the country under their unholy agenda. According to the JNI President-General, the recent criminal activities by bandits are becoming “the new normal” in the country. He, however, condemned the abduction, blaming it on inadequate security surveillance around boarding schools across the country. He queried: ‘’What could be the factors and why is there no information from government quarters relating to efforts made in the rescue process, so as to assuage the anxieties of parents and guardians of the affected victims? “Let it be known to all discerning minds that with the ongoing offensive onslaught against Boko Haram insurgency in the Northwest region by the security, other regions must remain very alert against infiltration,” he said. He, however, charged the Federal Government to live to its responsibility of securing the lives of all Nigerians from the new wave of attacks. The Sultan said: “Worst still, Kagara town and by extension Niger State has become infamous, given the serial attacks by bandits and other criminals in recent past.” “Isn’t intelligence part of security networking?” Sultan asked while expressing worries that Nigerians may not conscious of the repercussion of the bloodletting and criminalities. Abubakar said the government seems not to have learned lessons from the Chibok, Dapchi, and Kankara debacles, He said: “Unfortunately, these hapless situations appear to have escaped our memories. What perplexes us in recent years of these kidnappings and abductions is that criminals brazenly act unchallenged.” He queried the silence of the federal government on the rescue process, which according to him will ease the worries of parents and…

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