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You’re Not Doing Enough To Protect The People – JNI Tackles FG

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The Jamatu Nasir Islam (JNI), an umbrella body for Muslims, says bandits are having a field day and operate unhindered under the present administration.

The JNI, is headed by Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto.

In a statement signed by Khalid Aliyu, its Secretary-general, the religious body said the president Muhammadu Buhari government has performed woefully in carrying out its basic duty of securing lives and properties.

The group also implored the Buhari government to stop paying lip service to security while calling on Muslim clerics across the country to organise special prayers to seek divine intervention on security.

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“The wanton killings, acts of banditry, kidnapping for ransom, high rate of unemployment amongst the youths, rape and all forms of terrorisms have now become the ‘New Trend’ in our communities,” the statement read.

“Nigerians have become so much terrified, as nowhere is safe; the home, the farms and the roads. Bandits now rule in many communities, they set rules that must be obeyed.

“We call on the federal government to rise up to its responsibilities and do well beyond the traditional condemnation… lip service(s) on security matters should stop.”

The group condoled with the people of Borno state over the killing of over 40 rice farmers by the Boko Haram sect in Zabarmari are of the state last weekend.

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“For how long, would we continue to live a life in fear? For how long, can we continue to wait in vain? For how long, shall we continue to condemn acts of terrorism without any concerted efforts in ending it? For how long, would we continue to remain indolent? And for how long can we continue to remain hopeless in a precarious situation such as what we are in presently?” the statement read.

“Nigerians are desperately yearning for concrete actions. Thus, we call on the government to; always identify with victims and places of attacks by being physically on the ground to commiserate with the people.”

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JNI called for collaboration with relevant security agencies “with a timeline to bringing an end or at best decapitate all security threats bedevilling the country and also mop small arms and light weapons”.

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