The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has condemned the Monday’s abduction of 100 schoolgirls of Government Secondary School, Chibok in Borno State by gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect.
The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan in a statement by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu, on Wednesday in Kaduna State, described the incident as unfortunate.
While calling on Muslims to intensify prayers to expose the perpetrators of the evil act and other similar crimes in the country, the JNI tasked the relevant authorities to put in all the needed efforts to ensure that the innocent schoolgirls were freed unharmed.
The umbrella body for Muslims in the northern part of the country, however, lamented that despite the emergency rule in place in Borno, such atrocities could still be committed at will.
It said, “The abduction of about 200 final year secondary school female students in Chibok as reported by the media is another shocking story regarding the unfortunate happenings in Nigeria, especially the north.
“It is quite unfortunate and, in fact painfully confusing, that despite the state of emergency imposed on Borno State for a long time with the attendant huge amount of resources earmarked for security operatives, and despite the presence of uniformed security men at checkpoints which are strategically located at closed intervals, this horrific act could still happen.
“JNI condemns this act of barbarism in the strongest terms and calls on the authorities concerned to put all the needed efforts to free these innocent girls and get them continue with their studies.
“We sympathise with the victims and their teachers and families at this traumatising moment and pray that Allah will end their agony in the shortest possible time”.