Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto on Thursday expressed his concern about the insecurity in the Northern part of the country, saying that the North is the worst place to live in, in the country.
The Sultan of Sokoto made this known at the fourth quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council in Abuja. Alhaji Sa’ad explained that the bandits and insurgents are fast invading the North while residents slept with their eyes wide open.
The fourth quarterly meeting, themed, “Questioning for peace in the challenges of insecurity and COVID-19“, had in attendance stakeholders from the various states in Northern Nigeria.
The Sultan in his speech mentioned that the bandits in the North are becoming daring, moving from house to house, market to market, with sophisticated rifles openly, purchasing food items and even collecting change without any challenge from the security operatives.
He said, “Security situation in Northern Nigeria has assumed a worrisome situation. A few weeks ago, over 76 persons were killed in a community in Sokoto in a day. I was there with the governor to commiserate with the affected community.
“Unfortunately, you don’t hear these stories in the media because it’s in the North. We have accepted the fact that the North does not have strong media to report the atrocities of these bandits.
“People think North is safe but that assumption is not true. It’s the worst place to be in this country because bandits go around in the villages, households and markets with their AK 47 and nobody is challenging them.
“They stop at the market, buy things, pay and collect change, with their weapons openly displayed. These are facts, I know because I am at the centre of it.
“I am not only a traditional ruler, but I am also a religious leader. So, I am in a better place to tell the story. I can speak for the North in this regard because I am fully aware of the security challenges there. We have to sincerely and seriously find solutions to the problem, otherwise, we will find ourselves soon, in a situation where we would lose sleep because of insecurity.”