Nigeria is gradually sliding into a state of lawlessness and the situation may worsen if government fails to take urgent stringent measures to end the killings and acts of insurgency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, stated this in a reaction to the recent killings in Bama, Borno state.
The monarch, who is the President General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), said in a statement that the siege on the town, particularly the Emir of Bama’ palace, was condemnable, regrettable and unfortunate.
The statement by JNI secretary-general said: “Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) received with shock and bewilderment the cruel and rattled attacks on innocent people of Bama in Borno state. More devastating and painful was the attack on Shehu of Bama’s palace, which was reported to have claimed about 40 lives, including the son of the Shehu of Bama, senior counsellors/aides of Bama Emirate Council and properties worth millions of naira destroyed after setting a substantial part of the palace on fire.
“It is quite unfortunate, regrettable and condemnable that, after the unfortunate Konduga, Izge (Gwoza), Madagali massacres which should have been the last in such attacks at these times, a more diabolical attack would be unleashed on innocent citizens of Bama in Borno state, and would continue unabated for a number of hours. Indeed this is the peak of barbarism and lawlessness.
“JNI lament this sorry state of violence and insecurity in the strongest terms, for the nation seems to be gradually sliding into lawlessness leading to multiple losses of innocent lives.”
“JNI sends its condolences to the government and people of Borno state as well as the Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn Umar El-Kanemi, over the unfortunate recurring attacks in Bama, on his family and the palace in Bama, Borno state.”