The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar has urged Nigerians to brace the odds and make effort in the task of nation-building.
In a recorded message to mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence anniversary, the President of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs prayed for the nation’s prosperity and guidance and for her leaders to succeed in building a befitting nation for all Nigerians.
The Sultan admitted that there will be challenges ahead but believes that with a will and determination to succeed, Nigeria will be great as desired by the people.
The Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Mohammad Abubakar and his daughter have been abducted by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
Confirming the incident in a statement, spokesman for the the Kaduna state police command, DSP Yakubu Sabo, says the gunmen who were dressed in military uniform intercepted two vehicles including a sports utility vehicle belonging to the UBEC chairman around Kurmin Kare village along the highway at about 3:30 pm on Monday, shot the driver dead, and later abducted the UBEC chairman and his daughter to an unknown destination.
He said that two occupants of one of the vehicles who were travelling from Kano to Oyo State were injured and rescued to Katari Police Station.
The statement explains that a Combined Team Police Mobile Force, Anti-Kidnapping Unit of the Command, Special Forces and Operation Yaki were quickly mobilized to the area with a view to combing the bush for possible rescue of the victims and arresting the criminals.
It, however, quotes that the Commissioner of Police, Ahmad Abdurahman has appealed to members of the public to support the police with relevant information which could assist in apprehending the perpetrators of the heinous act.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, has lamented over the increased rate of killings across the country, calling for an end to the “incessant bloodshed.”
The religious leader was one of the speakers at a National Summit held on Thursday Abuja. He said killings must be ended before Nigeria can witness development.
“There’s been too much bloodshed in Nigeria. The bloodshed of innocent people who don’t know what is happening. And it is across the country. If we don’t tame the senseless killing of innocent people, we cannot see peace, we cannot have peace, we cannot have any development,” he said.
Other traditional and religious leaders at the event include the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. They joined voices with the Sultan to call for an end to bloodletting across Nigeria.
In Sultan, in his speech added that “One thing that is clear is that everybody is talking positively about what must happen in Nigeria.
“As Christians and Muslims, we know the sacredness of life. We cannot go about killing innocent people and claiming to be doing so in the name of religion. All of us must rise up against those people and let them know that this is not our religion.”
He stressed that Nigerians cannot continue to kill and spill innocent blood in the name of religion when both Islam and Christianity preaches the sacredness of life which should be respected by all.
The Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Ogunwusi called for practical steps to address the issue of Nigeria’s population growth. He said the nation might experience worse situation if youths are continuously used to perpetrate violent activities.
“The active population of this country is about 150 million people with a bleak future. The young men that were apprehended and paraded for kidnapping the Chibok girls are below the age of 30. They thought they were doing business because they were very ignorant of what they were doing,” he said.
The traditional leader also urged those in the leadership position to engage youths in productive activities.
The Bauchi State government has announced plans to adopt the whistle-blowing policy of the Federal Government in the state civil service in order to block financial leakages and rid the state of ghost workers.
Governor Muhammad Abubakar who stated this in Bauchi while addressing workers at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium says looted funds recovered by the state will be used for the development of the state.
The governor further said that the state will no longer allow the wastage of government funds under any circumstance. “I am going to introduce the whistle-blower policy to the civil service of Bauchi State,” he said.
He explained that under the policy, if anyone proves that a local government for instance has ghost workers on its payroll, the person would be rewarded and may even be promoted.