Bama/Alakyo Killings: Nigeria Gradually Sliding Into Lawlessness –Sultan

sultansokotoSultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar III, on Sunday decried the killings in Bama in Borno State and Alakyo in Nasarawa State by insurgents.

Abubakar, who doubles as the President of Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs as well as Jama’atu Nasril Islam, noted that the killings in Bama and Lafia was an indication that the nation was gradually sliding into lawlessness.

In a statement on his behalf signed by the JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, on Sunday in Kaduna, the Sultan described the incidents as quite “unfortunate, regrettable and condemnable.”

It cautioned all and sundry to be wary of happenings around their vicinity and inform authorities of doubtful persons and events, just as it urged Nigerians to give unflinching support to the Federal Government Amnesty Committee to tackle the insecurity in the North and the country at large.

The statement also called on law enforcement agencies to ensure that the rules of engagements were professionally used in curbing insurgencies so as to minimise collateral damages.

It read, “The JNI and the Sultan lament this sorry state of affairs in strongest terms. The nation seems to be gradually sliding into lawlessness, leading to multiple losses of lives.

“The JNI, therefore, calls on all and sundry to be wary of happenings around them and take proactive measures by reporting to appropriate authorities doubtful persons and events.”

It added, “It is quite unfortunate, regrettable and condemnable that, after the unfortunate Baga massacre, which should have been the last of such attacks at these times, a more devastating attack would be unleashed on innocent citizens of Bama in Borno State, and would continue unabated for a number of days.”