The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, at the weekend told Emirs and Chiefs at a meeting of Northern Nigerian traditional rulers that the menace of Boko Haram in the country must be brought to an end.
To that end, a security source told SaharaReporters the meeting sent a resolution to President Goodluck Jonathan in which it suggested the re-introduction of an armed and fully recognized Native Police, as well as a constitutional role and responsibilities for traditional rulers.
The source said that the Sultan, who chaired the meeting, demanded an end to the militant group’s killings of innocent people, which is denting the image of Northern Muslims and Islam in general.
The source explained, “The Sultan told them the gravity and consequences of allowing Boko Haram to continue having ground. He pointed out to the Emirs and Chiefs, that who have imagined that Maiduguri will be what it is today or Kano and now that they said they are going to Sokoto. He said they must get in to action and ensure that the (militants) are crushed.”
He continued: “The Sultan also said that one of the strategies is putting mechanism on ground by strengthening Hakimai (District Heads), and to come up with viable vigilante of monitoring who comes into communities under the supervision of youth leaders, District Heads and Ward Heads so that any strange person that will come and plan attacks would be swiftly detected. He also told the gathering that they must also exercise some authority in supervising religious activities going on throughout the North.”
The source quoted the Sultan as saying that if they had started to work on the matter long before now and the government was also doing the right things, the problem would have since been nipped in the bud.
He stressed the need for the protection of the people, Islam, the region and the country in general. He also said it was important for the government to ensure justice and good governance, which are the keys to addressing this problem.
The Northern Traditional Council has also denied discussing the death by hanging sentence passed on to Major Hamza Al-Mustapha by a Lagos court, which occurred the very day the monarchs arrived in Kaduna for their meeting.
The Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu, on behalf of the Sultan, Chiefs and Emirs, described the insinuations to that effect are “crude, false and uncharitable lies.
“We had the serious business of studying a document prepared by a committee of 10, to advise our Northern state governors on how to prevent these frequent and disturbing crises in the North,” he said.
Dr. Adamu then pointed out that the meeting was called 10 days before the judgment was given. “The day the court convicted him was the day of the arrival of the Emirs and Chiefs. How could the issue be on our agenda?” he asked.