Enough is enough •Sultan tells Boko Haram •Says shedding of blood must stop

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Written by Hassan Ibrahim Friday, 25 May 2012
DISTURBED by the security situation in the North, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has told perpetrators of terrorism and related acts in the region that “enough is enough,” saying the shedding of blood must stop.
The sultan, who is also President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), spoke at the opening ceremony of the JNI Central Council meeting attended by all emirs and chiefs from the region in Kaduna, on Thursday. According to the traditional ruler, “we must come back to our senses and say firmly and resolutely that enough is enough.”
He chided the nation’s political leaders for their alleged insensitivity to the plight of the masses, adding that the level of insecurity in the northern states was slowly but surely tearing apart every fabric of the religious, social and economic life of the people. He said that all hands should be on deck in the search for peace and security in the society.
“The bloodshed must stop. Each and every one of us must come to appreciate that we cannot continue on this destructive path.
“We must open active, meaningful and sincere channels of dialogue and communication to ensure that we listen to those who have real grievances and to take genuine efforts to address them.
“But we must, as the ummah, also take a resolute stand against those who take advantage of this unfortunate situation to wreak havoc on society, in pursuit of their narrow interest.
“Allah will definitely put to shame those who seek to violate the honour and sanctity of Muslims. We must at all times seek Allah’s intervention through prayers for there is no calamity or distress that He cannot dispel.”
The sultan expressed worry over the level of poverty in the society, saying the federal, state and local governments must embark on meaningful development programmes that would make life easier and more pleasant for the majority of the people.
“The current level of poverty, especially in the northern states, cannot be acceptable in any decent society. We can hide behind our rhetoric but we cannot run away from the stark realities which characterise the daily lives of our people.
“Traditional and religious leaders must bear a special responsibility in counselling those in positions of authority at the federal, state and local government levels that governance must necessarily be equated with service to the people and that the socio-economic development of the society.
“The prosperity of the state must translate into the prosperity of the entire populace. It shall not be the exclusive preserve of the few who happen to have access to state resources.
“When we vie with one another in a democratic society, for positions of leadership, it is equally incumbent upon us to vie with each other to make leadership more meaningful to the generality of the people.”
Declaring the meeting open, Kaduna State governor, Mr Patrick Yakowa, also described the current insecurity situation in the country as a challenge “that calls for the contribution of all Nigerians who desire that the nation continues as we inherited it from those who led our independence struggle.
“The JNI, being a noble organisation, founded on truth and piety to educate Muslims, should maintain its original mandate and form with a renewed vigour and go ahead to establish much more cordial relationship with other faith-based organisations.
“This will really go a long way in the establishment of a better cordial and respectful relationship between the Nigerian Muslims and their Christian compatriots as witnessed during the time of the late Sardauna.”
via Tribune    http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/front-page-news/41483-enough-is-enough-sultan-tells-boko-haram-says-shedding-of-blood-must-stop

winace at 12:41 PM, 25/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Dis warning is cumin now dat they are kooling off. Funny indeed.
escapedprince at 03:23 PM, 26/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Thanks sultan...But poverty is not limited to a particular region or tribe....Aside from those in the corridors of power, it's the plight of every average Nigerian ,  And therefore should not be used as an excuse for mindless violence and insurrection by some disgruntled northern elements !!!
Fireboomdem at 05:04 PM, 26/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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Good and thumbs up, I should force myself to believe this. Sultan is complaining about Poverty. What about him? Is he not the Sultan, His children are they not enjoying the money that is supoosed to be shared by thousands now you are saying the rate of Poverty is high. So Sultan who do you want to clear the mess of the money you and the people you know are embezzling. If Dangote donate just 200million dollars to help the northern community and you donate 50 million dollars...and other people donate and you work together without corruption, wont it be fine....do you want the money to grow on trees and then be given to your people when you embezzled it within yourselves... I am not a northern and I dont care, you can do whatever you want to do and say whantever you want to say. If Nigeria will be okay, its in your hands....
BournIdentity at 05:07 PM, 26/05/2012 (6 years ago)
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na today? it have tey
Solidstonez at 05:37 PM, 5/06/2012 (6 years ago)
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