Sul­tan: We must wake up

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Mis­bahu Bashir, Abuja

The Pres­i­dent-Gen­eral of the Jama’atul Nas­ril Is­lam (JNI) and the Sul­tan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar yes­ter­day con­demned the ex­plo­sion at Nyanya, Abuja and prayed to God to ex­pose the per­pe­tra­tors.

The Sul­tan, who spoke at the JNI Cen­tral Coun­cil Meet­ing in Kaduna, said the in­ci­dent was rather un­for­tu­nate.

“We want to use this op­por­tu­nity to con­demn what hap­pened this morn­ing in strong­est terms. Who­ever is be­hind it, we pray to Al­lah (Sub­hanahu Wa Ta’ala) to ex­pose him in the near­est fu­ture.”

He ad­vised tra­di­tional lead­ers to be proac­tive in han­dling mat­ters con­cern­ing their people with a view to con­tin­u­ing to tackle so­ci­etal prob­lems. “We must be very proac­tive so that we check prob­lems be­fore they hap­pen. There must be time when we should be very ac­tive; if not we will be con­sumed by the prob­lems that con­sumed other na­tions.”

The Sul­tan called on govern­ment and se­cu­rity agencies to work to­gether with tra­di­tional and re­li­gious lead­ers in ad­dress­ing in­se­cu­rity adding that lead­ers must avoid prej­u­dice in what­ever they do.

“We don’t know how many lives were lost in the last few years; we have been at the re­ceiv­ing end be­cause more Mus­lims have been killed. We all have to put our heads to­gether in solv­ing the prob­lem. We want govern­ment at all times to come to the aid of the cit­i­zens. If we are car­ried along, we will help the govern­ment; if we are left alone, we will leave the govern­ment to do what it thinks, is right. We shall try al­ways to pro­tect our­selves. We don’t have guns, we don’t have am­mu­ni­tion but we have brains that Al­lah gave us and we have the Qur’an. We pray that Al­lah brings suc­cour to us. If the govern­ment thinks that there is any­thing they can do along­side re­li­gious lead­ers, we are ready to work with them. We be­lieve it is high time to put sen­ti­ments aside and see how we can take our coun­try out of prob­lems so that we, the cit­i­zens shall live with­out hin­drances.”

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