Nigeria: Sultan bemoans the Return of Insecurity following the 2023 Elections

The revival of insurgency and banditry in several regions of the country following the 2023 general elections has alarmed the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, according to reports.


The Sultan reiterated that the deaths had nothing to do with religion when he spoke as co-chair of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC)’s second quarterly meeting on the subject of “media and effective nation building” on Thursday in Abuja.

He said: “Unfortunately, the resurgence of insecurity in the country is very alarming. Throughout the campaigns and the elections, we never had these cases of insecurity.

“Suddenly after the elections, the killings continued across Niger, Plateau, Kaduna, and other places. These killings are definitely not related to religion, but the activities of some set of uninformed people.

“Imagine a situation where bandits would invade a community, kill people and destroy their properties, with little or no resistance from the security officials.

“Only for the security officials to appear long after the attacks and perhaps, to mock the people or look at the ashes of destroyed items.

“A few days ago, it was reported that some United States Embassy staff were killed and burnt in Anambra state. That’s barbaric and shouldn’t have happened because there’s no justification for that.”

The Sultan continued by saying that as vital participants in nation-building, the media’s participation in all activities and programs of the government was essential. The Sultan had previously accused the Nigerian media of playing both good and bad roles during the elections.

“Take a look at what’s happening across the countries of the world where the media compromise in quality, facts, and truth. unfortunately, Sudan is passing through war and the role of the media is crucial in ending or prolonging the war.

“The media played a different role in the 2023 elections. The media will also play a crucial role in the coming administration.

“So, we expect to hear from the media professionals on their challenges and expectations and pass the message to the incoming government.”


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