War against insecurity: Sultan Sa’ad urges Nigerians to give credible information to security agencies

By Mohammed kaka Misau, Bauchi

Nigerians have been called upon to cooperate with security agencies in the ongoing fight against myriads of security challenges bedeviling the country.

His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III made the appeal while speaking during the opening ceremony of the 36th Qur’anic recitation competition of the year 2022 yesterday at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium Bauchi.

According to him, the way of winning the ongoing war against all forms of insecurity in Nigeria particularly in the North, requires cooperation with security agencies fighting the war against insurgency.

The Sultan who was represented by the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, noted that it was also necessary that Nigerians should provide the security agencies with credible and useful information that will aid the fight.

The 36th edition of the competition is being hosted by the Bauchi state government in collaboration with Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto and the Jama’attul Nasir Islam (JNI) .

The Sultan advised that giving credible information to the security agencies who are in the battlefield will enable them carry out their constitutional duties of protecting the lives and property of law-abiding citizens effectively.

He said, to overcome the current security challenges facing the country, including kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, banditry, insurgency, cultism, cattle rustling, among others, Nigerians, particularly, Muslims, have to pray fervently and relentlessly for Allah’s intervention by restoring peace in the land.

The Sultan who asserted that Nigerian Muslims must not just sit down in the face of the challenges in the country, urged them to engage in praying for Allah’s intervention.

He urged them to rededicate themselves to the teachings of the Holy Qu’ran and also apply the same in their daily lives.

“Today, the world is faced with so many challenges, hence I urge all the Muslim Ummah to rededicate themselves to the teaching and learning of the Qur’an so as to apply what it teaches in our daily life”, the Sultan said.

He also said that, “Today, we are confronted with so many challenges, the only permanent solution to these problems is not for us to just sit down. We must pray to the Almighty Allah to restore permanent peace to our states and the nation”.

While urging the traditional institutions to organize special prayer sessions for peace and progress of Nigeria, the Sultan also charged them to cooperate with their district and village heads as well as other traditional title holders.

He further called on the traditional rulers not to always expect everything from the government, adding that they have to do it by themselves.

“We don’t always have to expect something from the government or somebody, we have to do it because we have to protect our emirates, country, states and all Nigerians”, the Sultan pointed out.

He expressed his appreciation to Bauchi State governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed, for hosting the 2022 National Qur’anic Recitation Competition.

Declaring the competition opened, Governor, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi noted that this is the third time the state was hosting the National Qur’anic Recitation Competition, which was the 36th edition.

Represented by his deputy, Senator Baba Tela, the Governor lamented that nowadays, people give priority to Western education over Islamic education.

The Governor described the development as unfortunate, considering the fact that every Muslim child is expected to be well trained in reading, writing, reciting and memorising the Glorious Qur’an from a very tender age.

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