The Sultan of Sokoto and Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers, Sa’ad Abubakar, says the security challenges across the country is getting worse by the day and requires the prompt and decisive action of all levels of government.
The monarch said this when he led other top monarchs to Maiduguri to condole with the government and people of Borno State on the recent killing of farmers by Boko Haram at a rice field in Zabarmari. “It is not just a condolence visit, it is a statement that all of us are fed up with the shedding of innocent blood under whatever guise across this country.
So many lives have been lost in the past, we can’t even compute how many lives we have lost. It becomes like a daily occurrence, a daily event. A new normal, it becomes a story when in a day, nobody was killed in a particular place of this country.We had various fora with our political leaders, mentioned these things out, how to take care of our security in various communities.
We have written papers, sent our governors, we have discussed with all our leaders, all the way forward. But we see things getting worse and worse. It used to be Boko Haram alone in Borno and Yobe, now, in all over the north in particular and generally all over the country. You have bandits and terrorists all over the north, you can’t even move freely. In the south, it is the same thing. The killings have taken new dimensions and we really don’t know what are the causes of these mass killings of innocent people.
We decided to come together as the council of traditional rulers to make this statement to all and sundry, not only to the governor of Borno State, but to all our governors. Let’s rise up to the occasion and see how we can come together to fight this menace of shedding innocent people’s blood.”
Stop blaming security agencies over insecurity — DSS DG tells Nigerians
The Director-General of the Department of State Services, Yusuf Bichi has asked Nigerians to stop tackling and blaming security agencies over the increased insecurity witnessed across the country. Bichi who said this at the Security and Emergency Awards (SEMA 2020), averred that the support of citizens is pertinent especially in the area of intelligence gathering.
He said: “we call on Nigerians to support security agencies and the government. security is no longer for government and security agencies; there is a need for collaborative efforts and partnerships. you continue to stay in your comfort zones and continue to blame security agencies for all, but the information that the security agencies need have you brought it?
He added: “All those bad people are part of our communities; they live in our neighbourhoods. if you know one, tell the security agencies about him. if you have not done all these, it’s time for us to have a rethink; it’s time for us to have a change of mind to rededicate ourselves to the ideals of building a country that is devoid of any insecurity.”