Kaduna---------- Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam, JNI, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar lll, Wednesday, blamed the incessant killings and maiming of Nigeirians by both bandits and other Boko Haram insurgents on the inability of the Federal Government to tackle security problems headlong.
He also asked all the tiers of governments to save women and young girls from atrocities of rapists.
Sultan Abubakar then asked both the state and federal governments to wake up to their responsibilities by securing the country from bandits and terrorists.
He spoke against last Sunday's lamentations by the Northern Elders' Forum, NEF, over the activities of bandits and other terrorists which activities had brought socioeconomic activities to a stand still in the entire north.
However, Abubakar blamed the spate of killings, kidnapping and banditry in the country on the governments' inability stop such carnage and save majority of the populace from hoodlums.
According to him, both the federal and state governments must wake up to their responsibilities of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution.
The Sultan spoke through the Secretary General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu in a statement in Kaduna.
He then urged the Muslim ummah (community) to pray for God's intervention to stop the unending killings and other related crimes in the country, just as he
condemned the rising menace of rapists across the country.
The statement read in part, "The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji, Dr., Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, the Sultan of Sokoto and JNI’s President-General, is in utter shockwave over the unfortunate and repeated incidences of loss of precious lives and wanton destruction of property arising from well -coordinated attacks of armed bandits, Boko Haram terrorist groups and rapists.
"These repeated calamitous scenarios would have been avoided had the government risen to the occasion. We nonetheless as always condemn the repeated brutal acts in their entirety; especially the lackadaisical attitude of relevant security agencies that seem to be overwhelmed, despite repeated calls by concerned and well -meaning Nigerians for a decisive action.
"We implore government to take all genuine calls, concerns so raised and recommendations proffered so far, even from perceived and/or alleged antagonists in good fate, in order to move the country on the path of glory – human security, as development in whatever guise, is utterly incomplete without security.
"Government should also note that citizens have a right to be listened to, over their feelings on insecurity challenge in Nigeria.
"JNI also notes with dismay the lack of symbolic gestures to affected communities by those in authorities. They remain in their comfort zones as their subjects are subjected to arsons and killings of the highest degree.
"Government should not reduce itself to just issuing light press statements on security upheavals.
"Governments at all levels should do everything possible, as a matter of urgency to stop these evil acts of terror repeatedly being unleashed on innocent souls and restore peace and security, which is their first constitutional role, as in action and silence is no longer acceptable."
On rape, the JNI stressed the need for government's swift intervention through legislation, which as a tool, serves as the foundation for effective, coordinated, and deterrence mechanism against perpetrators."