AS SULTAN ASKS INSURGENTS TO STOP ATTACKS, KILLINGS…

Sanusi Pays N3m to Secure Release of 11 Prisoners

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on all perpetrators of terrorism in the country, especially in the northern part, to fear God and stop such heinous acts.
Abubakar, who made the call on Sunday in Sokoto in his Sallah message to Nigerians, said that the insecurity in the country had led to loss of many lives and property.
According to him, the massive losses of innocent lives and property are highly regrettable and they are “un-Islamic”.
He noted that Nigerians were facing various forms of difficulties as a result of the recurring insurgency and other criminal acts.
He therefore charged Nigerians to sustain prayers “for God to either touch the hearts of the terrorists or expose them.”
The Sultan commended security agencies for efforts being made to contain the insecurity, and urged them to remain unrelenting.
He appealed to the people to complement the efforts of the security agencies of maintaining peace and unity with their support, adding that the task of doing so should be regarded as a collective responsibility by all Nigerians.
He appealed to political leaders in Nigeria to ensure that social justice prevailed, saying that it was the “condition for sustainable peace and unity”.
“We should all fear God and regard leadership as a trust and we will be accountable to Him,” he said.
“We are also commending Gov. Aliyu Wamakko for initiating and successfully implementing various welfare programmes for the people of the state,” he added.
The Sallah celebration in Sokoto was attended by former President Shehu Shagari, Gov. Wamakko, the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi, on Saturday paid N3 million at the Central Prisons, Kano, to secure freedom for 11 inmates of the prison.
This is contained in a statement the Media Officer at the Emir’s palace, Alhaji Sha’aban Ibrahim, on Sunday in Kano.
The statement said that the amount was fines option given the inmates by the courts at the time of their convictions.
It explained that the monarch secured the release of the inmates on humanitarian ground, “due to either ill health or old age.”
The statement quoted the emir as urging the beneficiaries of the gesture to be of good conduct when they resumed public life and avoid issues that would take them back to prison.
Meanwhile, the emir has urged Muslims in the state to imbibe the spirit of tolerance and sacrifice.
The emir made the call on Sunday while addressing Muslims after the Eid-El-Fitr prayer at the Kofar Mata ground in Kano.
He appealed to them to emulate Prophet Muhammed’s life, stressing that the one month fasting should be seen as a period of cleansing and atonement.
“After the Ramadan, we should be more determined to live in the path of Allah as true believers.
‘’We should also continue to emulate the exemplary attributes of Islam which are love, tolerance and peaceful co-existence“, he said.
The monarch also called on the people to continue to pray for peace, unity and progress of the state and the country.
Earlier in his sermon, the Sanusi, who led the prayer, stressed the need for Muslims to fear God and continue to use all the lessons of the Ramadan to foster unity in the state and country.
The prayer, which started at about 9 a.m., was attended by the state’s Deputy Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, members of the Emirate Council and some members of the diplomatic corps.