Sultan’s Position On Terrorism Dangerous – Rep Says

Member representing Jos South/Jos East constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Bitrus Kaze has faulted the position of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, where he seemed to be sympathetic to the cause of terror group, Boko Haram.

The Lawmaker in a press statement yesterday described the Sultan’s position, especially at a time “that the war against terror is gaining global momentum following the abduction of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok”, as “depressing, counter-productive and very dangerous.”

The Sultan had reportedly called on the federal government to negotiate with members of the Boko Haram sect, warning that, “The government cannot fight a group of faceless individuals whose locations are unknown.”

Abubakar spoke this in Abuja where he declared open the 7th National Conference of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), saying “When you hold somebody and he says he is not a member of Boko Haram, believe him, he is not, if he is, he will not denounce,” adding that Boko Haram members often do not deny their activities.

Citing an example of the American government who “exchanged one soldier for very senior five al-Qaeda leaders”; the Sultan had disagreed with President Goodluck Jonathan, who had repeatedly said the government would not negotiate with criminals, saying “insurgency had never been successfully tackled with force anywhere in the world.”

The Sultan also spoke extensively on why Sharia Laws and Islamic tenets should be included in the country’s constitution.

Kaze, who was apparently disappointed by the Sultan’s position said: “As a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army whose last duty post was Pakistan, the hotbed of global terrorism, the Sultan should understand better the implications and inevitability of the use of force in Nigeria’s counter-insurgency efforts”, adding, “no counter-insurgency strategy can be sustained anywhere in the world without the military and without the use of force.”

“The Sultan of Sokoto is the Commander in Chief of all Nigerian Muslims, including the moderates and the extremists like Boko Haram. The statement by His Eminence unfortunately sends dangerous signals, especially to the officers and men of Nigeria armed forces who are Muslims,” said Kaze.

He said while the Sultan showed in his statement that he was sympathetic to the detained terrorists, “he is completely insensitive to the plight of the innocent and law-abiding citizens, who are victims of his rampaging subjects.”

6 COMMENTS

  1. I dont no why people always run away from true. When so called CAN precident making provoking statiment, peaple did not say is terrorit. I knew that Almity God that see all that is hidding we expose any person that have hand in all this this mess.

    • Whatever is our problem in this country is a product of our action or inaction. The emergence of Boko Haram is therefore is a consequence of our misdemeanors. The fact that we resort to blame game at the expanse of squarely facing the problem, at the slightest opportunity, shows how guilty all of us are. After all guilt is like a personal hill which you climb to have z look at other’s guilt
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  2. This statment of sultan of sokoto is a revelation showing that saltan is a member and sponsor of boko haram. If somebody like saltan can open his mouth to say something like this, then the sss suporse to be charting with him now. The northern elders and all the islamic leaders should stop deceiving nigerians they are strongly behinde boko haram. Since the insugency no norther elder either colectivly or individually has come out openly to condem boko harams activities. Their body language shows that they are behid boko haram. Well you can tell a blind man that there is no oil in a soup, but u can’t tell him anything about salt, GÓD is not aslep let’s be watching.

  3. can’t you understand a simple language there are many innocent people detained in this fight against terror.

  4. D point is that,they wnt to islamitised dis country and it wl neva be possible,I expect northern elders to condemn dis sect wit all of their strenght and might,instead they wnt fed.govt to negotiate wit criminals,so dat dey can share d moni together.God help us o

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