The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III-led Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has called on the President Muhammadu government to wake up to its statutory responsibility of protecting lives.
The Muslim body said the call was as a result of the continuous killings and destruction of properties around the country, especially the recent ones by suspected herdsmen in Bassa LGA, Plateau State.
The National Publicity Secretary of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, stated this in a statement in Kaduna yesterday.
The group further called on the authorities not to spare anyone culpable in the sundry attacks.
The statement read, “The Jama’atu Nasril Islam received with grave concern, the news of premeditated killings of innocent persons and destruction of properties worth millions in the Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, as well as Rukuba Chiefdom in the same Bassa LGA.
“Attacks and counter-attacks were carried out repeatedly and reports reaching us state that over 150 houses were razed while animals were not spared.
“The JNI condemns in the strong terms the heinous attacks in their totality.
“We nonetheless, expect the Plateau State Government and the Federal Government of Nigeria through their respective relevant agencies to wake up to their respective responsibilities of protecting lives and property.”
The JNI called on the citizens to eschew bitterness and live peacefully with one another.
“We also call on government to provide relief materials to all affected victims as they are now in utmost need for such.
“Similarly, the need for an all encompassing surveillance in flash points on the Plateau cannot be overemphasised to avoid a recurrence of the incident,” the Muslim body said.