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I’M NOT AFRAID OF DEATH; CHRISTIANS SHOULDN’T STOP ATTENDING CHURCH BECAUSE OF THREATS – SAYS SULTAN

The paramount ruler lamented that terrorists killed people on a daily basis in the northern part of the country especially in the North-West and the killings were mostly not reported.



The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has told Christians residing in the North not to be afraid of insecurity pervading the region, but to observe their worships to God in various churches.
The paramount ruler lamented that terrorists killed people on a daily basis in the northern part of the country especially in the North-West and the killings were mostly not reported.


DCO Global News
Published on December 10, 2021
By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka


He, therefore, urged Christians to disregard the recent threat by some unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits and terrorists who threatened that those found attending churches in Zamfara State would be killed.
According to Tribune, Sultan said these while speaking at the 4th Quarter 2021 Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) with the theme “NIREC, Security Agencies and Peace in Nigeria.”
“If I continue talking about the insecurity in the North, we will not leave this room. A few days ago, we are witnesses to the media report on how people were killed in a bus in Sokoto, even though the figure is not correct, even one life is important. There is no single day that passes without people being killed in the North especially in the North-West now, but we don’t hear it.


“When I saw a note that the bandits are threatening Christians in Zamfara; I asked; what is the work of our security agencies? Why will they come out and make such comment when you have not verified it because you are making people to be more frightened?


“I will not stop going to the mosque to pray because I saw in a paper that if I go to the mosque I will be killed, let me be killed, I must die; so Christians should not be afraid of going to church to worship because an anonymous person is threatening them,” Sultan said.


He added that Nigeria had a series of problems confronting it, and if leaders failed to address them right at the nick of time, the issues facing the country would worsen without remedies.
“Let’s not deceive ourselves, everything is not alright. I have said this so many times, and to know that you have a problem, you have part of the solution.

The earlier we rise up to the occasion, come together, the better for us,” the Sultan added.
He, however, charged religious leaders to be cautious of the things they said to their followers, noting that their followers always believed that they spoke from the Holy Bible and Holy Koran.


“We have to be careful in the way we handle, say and do things as religious leaders, we are not political leaders, therefore we have to be wary of what we say, where and how we say such things because our followers will definitely believe in what we say, they will believe and feel that it is from the Holy Koran or the Holy Bible.


“We cannot go on telling things to people without thinking that they will believe, we cannot go on saying things that we know we don’t have full knowledge of,” he said.
While advocating for dialogue to address some of the challenges in the country, Abubakar said the elites in the country had been the major problems the nation was facing.


“I believe in dialogue, and l believe dialogue is the best option, we sit down and talk ourselves and come up with possible solutions to the problems of the majority, we are the minority here, we are the elites and the elites are the problems of this country because we always want things to go our way,” he added.


In his own remarks, the National President of the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Reverend Dr Samson Ayokunle, lamented that Nigerian roads had become a den of kidnappers and a no-go-area for travellers.


Ayokunle, who is also the Co-Chair of NIREC with Sultan, wondered why persons would be kidnapped and the security forces could not trace the kidnappers to their hideouts and rescue the victims.
“Travelling from one point to another by road, in particular, has become a very great risk, kidnappers are everywhere and they don’t only come out to kidnap but also to kill, so you don’t know who the next victim is going to be.


“Why should these people be killing and hiding people in our territory without being challenged, why should it be easy for them to hide people somewhere within the state and the security agencies in the state within a few days or weeks will not be able to fish them out?” he queried.


The CAN President, therefore, called for an increase in intelligence gathering, and the public to also volunteer information to the security agencies so that the movement of criminals could be traced and apprehended ahead of time.



By Odoh Dominic Chukwuemeka

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