The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has alleged that the number of people killed by criminals across the country is underreported by the Nigerian media, even as he condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to rein in acts of terrorism across the country.
The Sultan who spoke at the 3rd quarter 2021 meeting of the intra-religious council in Abuja on Thursday, stressed that the level of insecurity in the country has worsened.
According to him, scores of people are being killed every day in his domain, which goes unreported in the media.
The Sultan, a retired Army officer, wondered why the intelligence agencies have been unable to identify the terrorists behind the killings.
His words: “In eastern Sokoto alone, there was a day we buried 76 persons, who were killed in cold blood by criminals who came from nowhere. People don’t hear about that one. There was another day we buried 48 persons in the same Sokoto, but you didn’t hear about it.
“How can people, who do these things, be unknown? Where are our intelligence agencies? Don’t we have a proactive intelligence agency that will think ahead of the bandits?
“All the people committing such atrocities must be identified. The security agencies must up their game, find them and take action on this kind of carnage. If we start doing so, all this carnage we see in this country will stop.”
Sultan Abubakar advised President Buhari to seek help from “foreign powers to come and play the game we don’t know how to play. I am making these comments with all seriousness because we are so disturbed by the way things are going.”