The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sunusi II, has urged Nigerians to brace up to defend themselves against the extremist Boko Haram sect which has been mounting a bloody campaign against Nigerians killing, maiming and overrunning territories.
Speaking during his closing remarks at the weekly recitation of the Holy Quran, as part of prayers for peace in the country yesterday, Mr. Sanusi urged religious and community leaders to undertake the immediate task of reinventing courage in their people, particularly the youth, in preparation for self defence against Boko Haram attacks.
People must stand resolutely in the face of attack and not abandon their towns, women and children, the Emir said.
“These people”, the Emir recounted in Hausa, referring to Boko Haram, “when they attack towns, they kill boys and enslave girls… People must stand resolute.”
He reminded the congregation of Muslim clerics who came from various Islamic schools in Kano of the saying of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) that whoever dies in defence of his country, family, life or wealth is a martyr.
“People must not assume that the crisis will not reach their area,” the Emir prayed. “If it comes, “we are asking God to give us fortitude, but if He wishes to take martyrs from amongst us, we should be ready to give our lives.”
The Emir also called on the people to make preparation for defence with whatever way possible.
“People must not wait for soldiers to protect them. There are even instances where soldiers on ground ran away in the face of attack,” he said.
Since the fall of Mubi into the hands of insurgents, there have been calls from religious and opinion leaders in Northern Nigeria for people to rise and face Boko Haram without relying solely on government.
This has led to the liberation of the town early this week by hunters and local vigilantes. Also, when the insurgents moved to Gombi, they were successfully repelled the hunters.
The Emir asked hunters and experts in the area of security and defence to use their expertise in the quest for seeking the pleasure of God by employing it to end the current crisis.
The Emir expressed the hope that the insurgents would be defeated, affirming, “God will grant us victory over them”.