The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the northern Islamic organization, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Thursday lamented that insecurity and crisis was tearing the north apart, saying the region has had enough of bloodshed.
Addressing the Central Council of the organization made up of Islamic traditional rulers and clerics across the north, the Sultan said that the increasing level of insecurity in the north was slowly tearing apart the fabric of religious, social and economic life in the region.
The Sultan said northern leaders must not relent on the search for lasting peace in the region, adding that the rising level of insecurity was not only a source of worry and concern, but slowly tearing the north apart.
He said, “We must not relent in our efforts for the search of peace and security within our society. The current level of insecurity in the Northern states is not only a source of worry and concern to all of us but is also slowly but surely tearing apart the fabric of our religious, social and economic life”.
The royal father admonished the north to come back to its senses and declare firmly and resolutely that enough is enough of the bloodshed, saying each and every one of us must come to appreciate that we cannot continue on this destructive path.
“We must come back to our senses and say firmly and resolutely that enough is enough. The bloodshed must stop; each and every one of us must come to appreciate that we cannot continue on this destructive path. We must open active, meaningful and sincere channels of dialogue and communication to ensure that we listen to those who have real grievances and to genuine efforts to address them.
“But we must as an Ummah also take a resolute stand against those who take advantage of this unfortunate situation to wreck havoc on the society in pursuit of their narrow interests.
“Allah (SWT) is never indifferent to the plights of his servants. He will definitely put to shame those who seek to violate the Honour and the sanctity of Muslims. We must at all times seek Allah’s intervention through prayers for there is no calamity or distress that he cannot dispel.
“It is also pertinent to point out that traditional and religious leaders must bear a special responsibility in counseling those in position of Authority at the federal, state and local government levels that governance must necessarily be equated with service to the people and the socio economic development of the society,” the Sultan added.