Insecurity: “Any government that can’t protect its citizens has lost moral justification” – Sultan

The apex Muslim organisation in Nigeria, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Sultan Abubakar III, has said that in Islam, and by all global standards, the essence of government and governance is solely to protect the five principal cardinal rights of the human race, the most important of which is life.

The JNI said, “Any government that is incapable of protecting the lives of its citizens has lost the moral justification of being there in the first place”.

The JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, disclosed this yesterday in an issued statement, titled: “Passengers’ bound train attack along Abuja-Kaduna rail track”.

The statement read in part: “It should be noted that in Islam and by all global standards, the essence of Government and Governance is solely to protect the five principal cardinal rights of the human race, the most important of which is LIFE! Any government that is incapable of protecting the lives of its citizens has lost the moral justification for being there in the first place; this is enunciated in section 33(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This press statement is premised on the fact that Nigeria is more or less heading to an unknown destination of multiple cum well-coordinated serial chaos attributable to lack of coordination and synergy from security personnel, if the news making the round is to be believed.

“With all the reported resources allocated to relevant security agencies; intelligent gathering mechanism, military arsenal and tact, can’t the Government provide any convincing justification on why the security situation in the country continues to deteriorate? Why are attacks experienced all over the place and continuing unabated without any deterrence?”

According to the JNI, “It is high time the security outfits are directed to ransack the enclaves of all criminal elements and deal with them decisively. Informants should not be spared, as they are more dangerous than the killers. They should be made to face the right punishment befitting their crime. The intelligence community should beef-up their efforts in trying to dig to the root of this phenomena”.

“We call on all well-meaning Nigerians not to be deterred, but rather should be more optimistic, as with every hardship comes a relief, (Qur’anic verse). We should therefore continue to pray fervently for the restoration of peace, security, prosperity, and development, especially in this blessed month of Ramadan.

“May He also guide the Government and the security agencies, give them the wisdom to tackle all challenges head-on, and may He also bring a total end to these repeated orgies of insecurity and every other ill bedeviling Nigeria. We pray for Allah’s continuous protection throughout our sojourn on earth and in the hereafter”.

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