Daily Trust (Abuja)

3 December 2012

Nigeria: Terrorism Not Limited to Any Region - Sultan

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Insecurity in Nigeria Unrelenting

Benin — The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, has called on Nigerians to come together in the fight against terrorism and other violent crimes in the country.

Speaking during a courtesy visit on Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, the Sultan said terrorism, robbery, kidnapping and other criminal activities are not restricted to a particular religion or region of the country.

The Sultan, who congratulated Governor Oshiomhole on his re-election, said "the people of Edo State brought you back to continue your good works. The challenge is now for you to continue with the good works. When I came I saw so many changes. I think the people of Edo State did the right thing to allow you to continue to steer the ship of state so that you could continue the good work you are doing", he added. On the violent crimes which pervaded parts of the country in the recent time, the Sultan said: "some years back, we watched with amazement when we see suicide bombers and car bombers, we thought we could not have such things in our country. But we have them now. It is not a particular religion or ethnicity that specializes in such terrorist or criminal activities in the form of kidnapping or armed robbery, but I believe that we must all come together to resolve these issues the best way possible for our country."

He said the "challenges that come our way can ginger us to strengthen our resolve to meet them headlong, defeat them collectively in unity and forge a national cohesion."

In his response, Governor Oshiomhole said the honour on the Sultan by the Igbinedion University, Okada was well-deserved.

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