Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (SCIA), Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, has described North as the the worst place to live in Nigeria, saying people no longer sleep with their eyes closed.
The Sultan made this known during the 4th Quarterly Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) on Thursday, November 26, 2020.
He also lamented that bandits went about in the villages with their AK47, and even entered markets to buy thing with their weapons, without anyone challenging them.
“Now north is not secure at all. In fact, it is the worst place to be in this country because bandits go about in the villages with their AK-47 and nobody talks to them.
“They stop at the markets and buy things and even collect change with their weapons. We have security problems in the country, bandits now go into people’s houses to kidnap, not on the highway anymore.
“Of recent in the last couple of days, they are going into institutions, in Zaria; ABU, the Polytechnic and took away people,” the Sultan said.
He said that in the North-West in particular, people don’t sleep with their eyes closed, adding that even on Wednesday, 76 people were killed in Sokoto by bandits in one day and a village was razed down, but people did not hear about it.
“The insecurity in the north is so high that people are even afraid of travelling from Funtua to Zaria, a journey of about 48 or 50 miles; not to talk of Sokoto to Abuja or to Kano.
“We know what we are going through. We are so insecure in the North that people are losing hope. People keep things in the house so that when the bandits come, they would let them be free.
“A couple of weeks ago, 76 people were killed in Sokoto by bandits in a day. It is not a story because I went there with the governor in the eastern part of Sokoto, but you don’t hear these stories because it happened in the North.
“And we don’t have media that is strong enough to bring out these atrocities about the bandits so people think that the North is secure.”
KanyiDaily recalls that the Sultan of Sokoto had accused politicians for being behind the lingering crisis in the southern part of Kaduna. He described the killings in Southern Kaduna as “madness” that has to be stopped immediately.