From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
The Emir of Katsina, Alhaji AbdulMumin Kabir Usman has attributed the spate of security challenges bedeviling the nation to the willful activities of opponents of the administration.
The emir who stated this while receiving the senate president Dr. Bukola Saraki, weekend in his palace alleged that persons uncomfortable with the single minded efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to positively reposition the country are behind the security problems.
He asserted that “ninety nine percent of the security challenges this country is facing is caused by the enemies of the administration who want to discredit and invite the people against it because of the good work it is doing”.
The monarch urged the government “to show no mercy and decisively deal with anybody found complicit in all the criminal activities threatening the corporate existence of the country”.
The government, he said, must not hesitate to wield the big stick against anybody or group of people, no matter their social status, found to be behind the activities of insurgents, militants, farmers/herders and kidnappers in the country.
Making a case for a more visible role for the traditional institution in the country, the Katsina emir expressed the belief that the security challenges would have been mitigated if traditional rulers had constitutional recognition to superintendent the affairs of their community as was previously the case.
The Senate President, who had spoken earlier, described the death of the former Governor of the defunct Kaduna State as a great loss to the nation in view of his contribution to national development in various fields of endeavour.
He said “Alhaji Lawal Kaita had lived a fulfilled life dedicated to the cause of a united Nigeria”.