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ZARIA ATTACK…Sultan Cautions Military On Use Of Force



Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the sultan of Sokoto and the president-general of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (NL) has reacted to the
 violence face-off between the army and Shi’ite members that resulted in the shooting of members of the group.

The leader of the Muslim group, Ibrahim Alzak-zaky, who allegedly ordered the members of the group to attack the convoy of Tukur Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff was also apprehended by security officers.
In a signed statement by Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, the secretary-general of JNL, the Sultan said on Wednesday, December 16 that the army should have exercised more restrain rather than using lethal force against the Shi’ite members.
“The JNI after following the events as they unfolded reiterates in line with its previous related releases that life is sacred and must be treated as such. And restraint should always be exercised in the course of discharging one’s civil, official and or religious duties.
“It is against this background that JNI commiserates with the people of Zazzau over the unfortunate incident and calls on all and sundry to take time and ponder over the many overwhelming challenges within the context of fairness and objectivity. We believe that it is high time all Nigerians came together, thought together and took positive steps towards salvaging the quandary of insecurity in our dear country.
“We must all view the insecurity quagmire as a challenge to all Nigerians, regardless of any parochial consideration.
“JNI implores the media to be wary of sensational reportage capable of plunging the nation into yet another avoidable crisis, (may Allah forbid, Amin).

“Furthermore, JNI commends the federal government for instituting a fact-finding delegation under the leadership of the Minister of Interior for an on the spot assessment, it also implores the government to institute an enquiry into the Zaria upheaval to unravel its remote and immediate causes to forestall future occurrence.”