The President-General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has condemned the abduction of hundreds of Government Science Secondary School, GSSS Kankara’s students in Katsina State.
The Sultan, in a statement issued on Monday by the JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, described the development as pointed to lapses in Nigeria’s security architecture that needs to be urgently and seriously addressed.
According to him, the abduction is one tragedy too many, especially coming on the heels of the infamous Zabarmari massacre.
The NJI lamented that the boldness of the bandits to carry out the abduction on the day the president arrived Katsina State on a private visit is to further test the resolve of his government.
The group, however, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to listen to the calls from Nigerians to revamp the security architecture and address the nation.
The JNI said: “There are insinuations that for pecuniary benefits, some top echelon among the security operatives don’t want the insecurity to end.
“If not, how can one explain the movement of the bandits in their hundreds on motorcycles without being detected?
“What happens to intelligence gathering that this heinous plan was not uncovered before it was hatched?
“How come the bandits took their time, gathered the schoolboys, heaped them on bikes and whisked them away without being rounded up by the security agencies?
“Mr. President needs to hearken to the call of Nigerians; REVAMP THE SECURITY ARCHITECTURE AND ADDRESS THE NATION!
“If there is any worse outcome than the abduction itself, it is the fact that this is the most potent action to frustrate school enrolment in Northern Nigeria, as no parent will forthwith be comfortable to send their children or wards to boarding school despite the many enrolment campaign efforts by the Government.
“And it will even be callous for anyone to call on the traumatized parents to expose their beloved children to these unprotected environments to be used as fodder by bandits and insurgents at will.
“What baffles us the most is the government’s inability to locate the enemy’s actual enclave, the focal point of their strength and to devote all available means to rout them out or incapacitate them.
“Is it that the political will isn’t there? What really is the challenge or Nigerians don’t deserve to know from the government they elected?
“We nevertheless in a plangent mood commiserate with the families of the GSSS Kankara victims and wish them safe and immediate reunion with their respective children.
“We also pray for Allah’s continuous guidance, strength and stamina to all those on the battle fields against all forms of insurrections in Nigeria.
“In the same vein, we urge the people and Government of Katsina state not to get depressed; Allah, the Most High shall continue to be their strength insha’Allah.
“In light of the above, we call on Governments at all levels to with all urgency do everything possible and use any means possible to return the schoolboys.
“The Prayers of the JNI and Nigerian Muslims are therefore that: Government should spare no effort(s) to immediately return all the abducted students of GSSS Kankara.
“And then there should be no sacred cows – heads must roll for the repeated slackness.
“Government at all levels in collaboration with different security agencies should proactively rise against the tide of insecurity in whatever guise by nipping it in the bud, before it escalates.
“We must all be upright in our dealings and remember that we shall all account for our respective actions and inactions, thus we should be God-conscious.
“We should continue to seek Allah’s intervention to ending these orgies bedeviling our country, as well as return to Allah with all righteousness; repentance, remorsefulness, brokenhearted and seeking for His pardon,” JNI said.