The Sultan of Sokoto Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar has called on the federal government and Governors of the 36 states to rise up and tackle the spate insecurity in the country.
The Sultan made the call when he led a delegation of the National Council of Traditional Rulers on a visit to Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri.
The Sultan was accompanied by Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemaka Alfred Ugochukwu, Oba Adekunle Adebayo, Ore of Otin, Emir of Hadeja, Dr. Adamu Abubakar Maje, Emir of Fika, Mohammed Abale Ibn Mohammed Idrissa, Amanyanabo of Opobo Kingdom, King Dr. Dandasen Douglas Jaja.
This is the first time the Council is visiting a state to discuss national security.
Sultan Abubakar said the killings of innocent people was unacceptable, urging for more decisive action to end the menace.
His reaction followed the killing of over 70 farms in Borno, which Shekau faction of the Boko Haram group claimed responsibility.
“We decided to come together as a Council of Traditional Rulers to make this statement to all and sundry, not only to the Governor of Borno state but to all our Governors to please rise up to the occassion, see how we can come together and fight this menace of shedding innocent peoples blood”.
The Sultan pointed out that for the insurgency to be defeated, the military need to occupy the Lake Chad area and the Sambisa Forest.
He called on Nigerians not to relent in offering prayers for sustainable peace to reign in the country.
Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum said the major challenge was providing means of livelihood to 1.5 million displaced persons, calling on the federal government to deploy more security to enable continuous farming.