Sultan of Sokoto: It will take decades to end banditry in northern Nigeria


Goodness AdaoyicheJune 24, 2024

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar III, says it will take Nigeria decades to end banditry in the north.

The Sultan, who doubles as the president-general of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) disclosed this on Monday at the North-West Peace and Security Summit in Katsina State.

“What we must do is to challenge these bandits because we all know the consequences of banditry and insurgency on our lives. But it will take decades to get out of it if all we get out of it. We all know the consequences and the problems,” Sultam said.

He further expressed the readiness of traditional rulers in the country to partner with security agencies and governors in the zone to “save our region from the numerous problems” of banditry and insurgency.

He noted that the summit provides an opportunity for participants to present proposals to bring insurgency to the barest minimum for people to go about their lives and businesses.

Vice President Kashim Shettima represented President Bola Tinubu at the event.

Other dignitaries include former president Muhammadu Buhari, governors of the seven states in the north-west geopolitical zone, service chiefs, the Inspector General of Police were among dignitaries at the summit.

Banditry became a phenomenon in Kaduna, Kastina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, and Jigawa in the last one decade as a spillover of the intractable Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East zone.

Thousands of people, mostly vulnerable persons, have been killed and displaced by the bandits who mostly disguise as herders.

A very large number of people have also been kidnapped for ransom as the AK-47-wielding bandits multiply across the North-West zone and penetrate the North Central zone.



1 thought on “Sultan of Sokoto: It will take decades to end banditry in northern Nigeria”

  1. Were I an investigator, the Sad man, Abubakar, would become a high-profile suspect.

    Security-wise, “decades” is euphemism for eternity.

    Given the “solidarity-without-justice” character of moslemism, either Sad Abubak’r is helpless or he’s complicit.

    Literal decade is enough for a murderer to become a grand(father)-murderer. A little further, the grand-murderer’s children shall have become grand-murderers themselves!….

    By the way, why are murderous banditisms a moslem brand? Excepting Singapore, everywhere else that moslems are holding sway…..
    This is not Islam, is it?
    Have moslems (not) become un-Islamic?

    Anyways, the many and diverse consequences of this heinous culture will snuff out the humanity of this geo-space before long, and cause the boondoggle called Nigeria to perish. Not that there’d be no people, but that the people will not be human…. Especially as most folks indirectly help those who harm them [and often harm those who help ’em].

    I encounter 100’s of Foula(ni) youth who do no useful work and have not a modicum of civility.Yet they bear expensive e-equipment around…..

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