Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar, on Tuesday, urged all Nigerians to cooperate with members of the nation’s security community to fish out the killers of the Chairman, Bokkos Traditional Council, Bokkos, the Saf Ron Kulere, Chief Lazarus Agai and three others. hHe spoke in Jos when he paid a condolence visit on the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Majesty, Jacob Gyang Buba, at his palace in Jos, over the killing of Chief Lazarus Agai and three others.
He also used the opportunity to counsel journalists on creating unnecessary tension in the polity by jumping into baseless conclusions in their reportage.
Dr Abubakar who was accompanied by emirs from 19northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) said, “a traditional ruler from Plateau State was killed and the press just jumped into conclusion that it was committed by herdsmen, without waiting for the police to investigate.”
The paramount ruler advised journalists to be careful about what they inform the public with by ensuring that they verify such information before publishing.
He said that “whoever did that is a criminal and he must be fished out and dealt with. That is why we should all resolve to come together; whenever a crime is committed by anybody, whoever that person is, let’s call him a criminal and all come together and bring that person out and deal with him.
“No matter how big he thinks he is; no matter which religion he belongs to. Because taking the life of one person is equal to the lives of the whole of humanity.”
The Sultan maintained that whoever kills under the guise of any religion does not represent that religion, and that is why they always condemn such acts.
“It is a very insignificant percentage of persons in any of the religions that are involved in such kind of behaviours, 99% of people in these religions are peace loving. So it’s just those few elements that are very bad. Whether they are miners, farmers or herdsmen, whatever they are, they should not take laws into their hands.
“So let’s come together and fish them out; because they are within us and we know them. If you know somebody, just bring him out don’t hide him.”
He stressed that traditional rulers must sit down to find ways and means of bringing an end to the activities of criminals within their domains.
He condoled the immediate family of the deceased, the traditional council and Plateau people as a whole over the killing of the paramount ruler and prayed that God will grant them all the fortitude to bear the loss.
Responding, the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Majesty, Jacob Gyang Buba, said, “Let us be reminded that security is everybody’s business.
“We cannot sit down and be accusing government of this and that, we must make ourselves available in whatever capacity we can, to ensure peace in our territories and the whole country.
“The things that are happening are truly unfortunate. We must all accept that one way or the other we have contributed to this and the solution lies in our collective responsibility, engagement and collaboration; with not only the traditional administration all over the country, but with the security agencies and government accordingly.
“As it has been said, one of the reasons that contributed to this insecurity is justice. Often times when we talk of justice, we think of only government, but all of us have the responsibility to dispense Justice; at whatever level we find ourselves.
“Even these corruption issues that are bedeviling this country; we must look at ourselves, the issue starts with each individual.
“And we are to contribute by saying I will not participate in any criminal and corrupt activities, then the message we preach will begin to go and the whole country will benefit from it accordingly.”
He commended the traditional rulers for taking the bold step in participating in the Primary Healthcare programme of government by way of enlightening the citizenry.
The paramount ruler prayed God to guide the forum in their deliberations.
The Sultan was accompanied by Emirs from the 19 northern States and the FCT, who are in Jos to deliberate on the Primary Healthcare system in the country and ways to enhance its productivity.