Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, on Sunday reacted to the continuous killings of Muslims by the dreaded Boko Haram sect members.
*Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto
The traditional ruler who made this known in a statement issued in Kaduna by Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Aliyu Abubakar, described it as “repeated ungodly acts of terror being unleashed on the Muslims.”
The Sultan who is also the President General of the umbrella body for Muslims in the North, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) urged Muslims to pray for the restoration of peace and security in the country, adding that .
He condemned Boko Haram’s recent attack on three Emirs which eventually resulted in the death of the Emir of Gwoza in Borno State, and urged the federal government to brace up to its responsibilities of protecting the lives of Nigerians.
“JNI once again will not be deterred nor remain mute over the repeated ungodly acts of terror being unleashed on the Muslims, hence it painfully received the news of the gruesome murder of HRH, Alhaji Shehu Mustapha Idrissa Timta, the Emir of Gwoza in Borno State by criminals.
“The heinous attack is utterly condemnable. We again expect the federal government, through its relevant security agencies, to wake up to their respective responsibilities of protecting lives and property of Nigerians, especially in the North-east region.
“Enough diatribes had been heard on the ugly situation. Therefore, purposeful and coordinated pro-active measures must be on ground to check the menace of the insurgency.
“In the light of the above, we extend our condolences to the family of the late emir, the Shehu of Borno, the Gwoza Emirate Council and the Borno State Government.
“In the same vein, we send our sympathy to their royal highnesses, the Emirs of Askira and Uba over the foiled attempt to their respective lives, to all Allah, the Most High is all glorifications.
“Finally, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, calls on all Muslims to fervently continue praying for the restoration of peace and security in Nigeria bearing in mind that we are in the month of Sha’aban, approaching the sacred month of Ramadan. Similarly, all imams are implored to continue with Qunut prayers in their respective mosques, for Allah’s intervention and relief” the statement reads.
Boko Haram, who is also responsible for the abduction of over 234 school girls from GGSS, Chibok, Borno State, on Friday killed the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Timta, in Borno State. The sect also killed at least 60 people on Sunday, at a bar screening a televised football match located near a major military base in Mubi, Adamawa State.
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