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Lawmaker dismisses Sultan's terror comments

13 June 2014, 17:58

Abuja - A member representing Jos South/Jos East Constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, Bitrus Kaze, has faulted the position of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on terrorism.

The Sultan had reportedly called on the federal government to negotiate with members of the Boko Haram sect, warning that the government could not fight a group of “faceless individuals” whose locations were unknown.

Kaze said it appeared that the leader of Moslems was sympathetic to the cause of Boko Haram terrorist group.

He described the Sultan’s position, especially at a time that the war against terror was gaining global momentum following the abduction of nearly 300 school girls in Chibok “depressing, counter-productive and very dangerous.”

“As a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Army, whose last duty post was Pakistan, the hotbed of global terrorism, the Sultan should understand better the implications and inevitability of the use of force in Nigeria’s counter-insurgency efforts”, adding that “no counter-insurgency strategy can be sustained anywhere in the world without the military and without the use of force,” Kaze said.

“The statement by His Eminence unfortunately sends dangerous signals, especially to the officers and men of Nigeria armed forces who are Muslims.

He is completely insensitive to the plight of the innocent and law-abiding citizens, who are victims of his rampaging subjects.”

Jos has not been spared the incessant terror perpetrated by the brutal Boko Haram sect.

Last month, 120 people died following twin bomb blasts in the city.

– CAJ News

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