From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The Northern Traditional Rulers have called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to as a matter of urgency, use every means to stop the killings and maiming of people currently perpetrated in the region.
The royal fathers made the call during an emergency meeting of chairmen of traditional rulers from the 19 Northern States held in Kaduna yesterday.
Briefing the media, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, who is the chairman of the council said the killings in the North, especially North-East is worrisome to the royal fathers and they cannot keep mute over this because their people are being massacred on daily basis.
“People see us as royal fathers and as fathers to all, we’ve been pushed to come together and express our dismay over the recent insecurity in the north which has led to wanton destruction of lives and property.
“Our people see us as fathers, and as good parents we’ve to take their problems to Mr. President for quick solution, because we cannot continue to keep quiet while these problems of insecurity is consuming us.
“The men in this hall are chairmen of all the traditional councils in the Northern states and consulted with their various emirs and chiefs before coming here. We are here to speak with one voice to President Goodluck Jonathan, to say enough is enough on the killings, and he should use his office as the leader of the country to stop this atrocity.
“Everybody in the country know what has been happening in the northern region especially the North-East in the past 2 years and this situation can no longer be tolerated.
“We have a President that Allah has put upon us to steer the affairs of the country. In view of this we call on him to look at the cries of our people and ensure that succor is given to them, because the present state of insecurity in the region has adverse effect on
development and unity of the region which to a large extent, has adverse effect on the country. So, it is better for our leadership to address the problem in the region,” the Sultan said.
The traditional council meeting came barely 24 hours after the Boko Haram insurgents reportedly captured and installed two emirs in Gwoza and Danboa, in Borno State.
The meeting was attended by the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Garbai Ibn El-Kanemi, the Emir of Kano, Mohammad Sanusi III; Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubaker; Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Buba Gyang; Attah of Igala, HRH Idakwo Ameoboni II and the Emir of Zazzau, Dr. Shehu Idris