By Mahmud Isa
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has called for a state of emergency on the insecurity situation in the country.
This is as the Council has described as appalling and horrifying the state of insecurity in Nigeria.
“These days, hardly does a day pass without some heart-rending news about kidnapping, armed robbery, violent attacks on and savage/ritual killings of innocent Nigerians.”
He said the level of insecurity in the country has reached an unacceptable crescendo that declaring a state of emergency on it appears not only necessary but also pressing.
The Council made their position known at a press conference yesterday in Abuja.
Represented by Alhaji Yusuf Chinedozi Nwoha, Director of Administration, NSCIA, the Sultan called on the Federal Government and all its agencies (including the military) to use whatever means possible to arrest this descent into anarchy.
“Nigeria cannot just continue like this with the blood of the innocent being shed unjustly and human security being at its lowest ebb.
“The situation of Nigeria today is desperate and desperate situations require desperate measures in the collective interest of well-meaning Nigerians. Let the monster of insecurity be tackled actively and proactively with the full weight of Nigeria’s security and defence capacity!
“The argument in some quarters that some forces are meant for external security is shallow in a situation in which we find ourselves since no external security can be meaningful when there is no internal security. In fact, in the face of persistent threats to internal security, those who are assigned the role of guaranteeing external security should not wait until there is no nation to secure before they render the required support and take necessary action. The time to arrest the insecurity in the land is now and we repeat our call to President Muhammad Buhari to combat the current spike in insecurity with candid decisiveness.”
“We reiterate that the Federal Government should act decisively now by declaring a state of emergency on insecurity and deploying all the security and military arsenal at its disposal to arrest the trend.
“Nigerians are dying needlessly to the satisfaction of the evil-minded political profiteers, ethnic irredentists and pseudo-religious agitators disguising as religious leaders. All hands must be on deck to arrest this ugly trend given that the primary purpose of government is the security of life and property of the governed.”
“We equally urge the Federal Government to review and reinvent its security architecture by injecting more vim into security operations all over the country without further delay.
“No Nigerian must die needlessly in Nigeria again. Government should urgently deploy intelligence to uncovering the sponsors, beneficiaries and perpetrators of insecurity in our dear country so that we shall not just be chasing shadows. Enough is enough!”