Sokoto bus attack: Government needs to wake up - JNI sends strong message


Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has sent a distress message to President Muhammadu Buhari over the recent killing of travellers in Sokoto state.

The JNI raised an alarm of increasing insecurity ravaging the North in the statement released by its Secretary–General, JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.

The Islamic body urged the government to wake up as citizens are becoming more and more agitated with the recurrent security challenges such as kidnappings, armed robbery attacks, rising bomb blasts and attack of Boko Haram cum ISWAP insurgents, in addition to ethnic violence. It also condemned the federal government's silence over recent attacks in the country

The statement read;

"Nigerians are desperately yearning for concrete actions against all forms of criminalities.

“Silence is not golden given the most unfortunate spate of horrendous butchery of human lives in the Nigerian state.

“The Federal Government should be seen to be proactive on security matters, as well as assure and assuage citizens’ fears at critical moments of grief.

“Government should take the bull by the horn by prosecuting promoters of hate speech and tame the rising cases of banditry in Nigeria, otherwise it will become a norm that cannot be challenged.

“Government’s silence over the 1000 Housing Estate bomb blast in Maiduguri, the Jos Prison Break and the burnt commuters along Sabon Birni Sokoto road, not to mention the multitude of carnages in Sokoto – Zamfara axis, calls for serious sober reflection, therefore, the federal government should be seen to be proactive on security matters, as well as assure and assuage citizens’ fears at critical moments of grief.”

Condemning the attack on Sokoto bus travellers, the Islamic group said;

JNI said;

“Despite the establishment of combined security forces along known routes where bandits operate, they still carry out their dastardly acts freely.

"What really is the matter that government has not been able to halt the operations of bandits against innocent citizens particularly in North Western Nigeria? We are compelled to assume that government seems oblivious to sufferings and agonies of her citizens as a result of the relentless activities of these bandits.

“We reiterate our calls to the federal government to rise up to its primary cum constitutional responsibility of protecting and securing citizens, and do well beyond condemnation on security related matters. Nigerians are desperately yearning for concrete actions against all forms of criminalities.”

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