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Kukah, Sultan Says Inadequate Understanding Of Religion, Poverty Behind Insecurity In North. 


Kukah, Sultan Says Inadequate Understanding Of Religion, Poverty Behind Insecurity In North. 


 The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah and the Sultan of Sokoto have jointly identified improper understanding of religion and poverty some of the remote causes of insecurity in the northern part of Nigeria. 

The two respected religious leaders spoke at a high level town hall engagement organized by the Kukah.Centre in collaboration with Global Rights, however profiled possible solutions to the lingering insecurity. 

Delivering a key keynote address at the 1Day Peace and Security Summit that brought stakeholders from different walks of life, Bishop Kukah further listed injustice, fanatism as well as intolerance as some of the additional reasons for insecurity in not just northern part but the entire country. 

The clergyman who insisted that the meeting became necessary looking at the spate of insecurity in the northwest region, added that the time has come for people to eschew sectionalism and focus on national integration. 

“ You know most of this problem at times is as a result of proper understanding of our religion. When we are dealing with ourselves we should know we are dealing with Nigerians, not religion,” Kukah reiterated 

While urging the government to provide the desired funds  towards effective communication and dialogue that could guarantee peaceful coexistence, also appeals for execute of people oriented projects, policies and programmes. 

Registering his displeasure with the continued insecurity in the Northwest resgiom of Nigeria, Bishop Kukah called on hands to be in deck as according to him, the insecurity affects adherents of all religions.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Director of Global Rights NGO, Mr

Abiodun Baiyewu, said their mission was geared towards promoting peace and security in North Western part of Nigeria.

On his part, the Sultan of Sokoto, and President General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, represented by the District Head of Kilgore, Dr Jabbi Kilgore urged the government and the security agencies to intensify efforts on increased community involvement towards ending the lingering security challenges faced by Nigerians. 

Continuing, Sultan frownd at 

 bad governance, poverty and inequality as another sustaining fuel for the  insecurity confronting the country. 

Speaking on his part, Sokoto State Commissioner of Police (CP) Ali Hayattu Kaigama called on all to support community policing as a means of keeping abreast with developments in every nock and cranny of the nation. 

The CP, Kaigama who was represented by Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCP) Ibrahim Adamu assured of their continued inter agency collaboration towards bringing to an end the menace of enemies of the country masquerading in whatever form. 

Looking at the history and promotional factors of insecurity in Nigeria, the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Professor Tukur Baba admonished government to wholistically look at the land use act, taxations and other global, regional, national  approaches in dealing with the challenges. 

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Lending their voices to the discussion, both the Executive Secretary of Zaki’s GEM Foundation and the Permanent Secretary, Sokoto State Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Dr Nafisa Zaki and Hajia A’isha Dantsoho, urged government at all levels to be concerned about girls and women education and welfare, adding, they are the mothers of the nation. 

They further called for  the promotion of gender equitable norms, education and inclusive budgeting as one of the measures to guarantee the needed peace.

Sokoto State leader of community dialogue committee and District Head of Gagi, Alhaji Sani Umar-Jabbi, said religious misconceptions, gender based violence and other associated society ills should equally be addressed. 

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