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Overcoming b@nditary, insecurity in northwest will take decades – Sultan of Sokoto says

The President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Saad Abubakar III, has stated that it will take decades for the northwest to overcome banditry and insecurity.

The Sultan said this at the North-West Peace and Security Summit in Katsina State on Monday, 24th of June 2024.

He said:

“No matter how much support you give us if we are not ready and willing to end this criminal activity, we can’t succeed. We will be the ones to work for this and end these problems if we so desire.

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“Nobody will come from somewhere to work for us. Nobody will come from the moon to solve our problems, we must solve our problems. It is important for us to tell ourselves the whole truth because we must tell ourselves the whole truth.

“What we must do is to challenge these bandits because we all know the consequences of banditry and insurgency on the morale and our lives.

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“But it will take decades to get out of it if at all we get out of it. Because we all know the consequences and the problems.”

The summit was attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima, representing President Bola Tinubu, former President Muhammadu Buhari, governors from the seven states in the North-West geopolitical zone; service chiefs, and the Inspector General of Police, Egbetokun Olukayode.

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Over the past decade, banditry has emerged as a significant issue in Kaduna, Kastina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Kano, and Jigawa, stemming from the enduring Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East.

Thousands of vulnerable individuals have been displaced by these violent attackers, often posing as herders.

Additionally, a large number of people have been abducted for ransom as the proliferation of armed bandits spreads across the North-West and into the North Central zones. [CONTINUE READING HERE]>>>>



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