The Sultan also called for prayers to ward off “human or natural catastrophe”
The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, on Wednesday urged Nigerian Muslims to fervently pray for peace to reign in the country.
Mr. Abubakar, who is also the President-General of Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI), made the call in a statement issued in Kaduna.
The statement was signed by the Secretary General of JNI, Khalid Aliyu.
The Sultan advised Muslims nationwide to recite the Al-Qunut special supplication in all mosques across the country during the five obligatory daily prayers.
He said the prayers were necessary to ward off further “human or natural catastrophe”.
Mr. Abubakar also condemned the killing of scores of students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe, saying it was a senseless killing perpetrated by criminals.
“The barbaric and heinous attack is utterly condemnable in its totality,” the Sultan said.
He recalled similar attacks in the past and called on the Federal Government to wake up to its responsibility of protecting lives and property of Nigerians, especially the North East.
“Human lives are sacred and must be treated as so,” he said.
The Sultan called for probe of the incidents, adding, “it is hardly believable that such dastardly acts could still occur, thus JNI is seriously perturbed by such unabated repeated acts”.
Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, also on Wednesday described the killing of 43 students of the Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi, Yobe, as “monstrous’’.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement issued in Abuja that the development was shocking.
He said the party had been grief-stricken since it received the news of the gruesome killing of the students.
“The massacre of these harmless students cannot be justified under any guise. The PDP is heart-broken and extremely devastated by this act of wickedness, which can only be associated with the devil.
“The PDP bleeds inside as we mourn the slaughtering of these promising young ones. Our hearts go out to the parents and families of the innocent students,’’ he said.
Metuh said the party shared in the anguish, pains and despairs of the affected parents, and prayed that those behind the act do not escape judgment for spilling the blood of the innocent.
He urged Nigerians to unite against terrorism and support the government in its effort to tackle problem of insecurity in the country.
He commiserated with the families of the slain students, the government and the people of Yobe, and prayed God to give them the fortitude to bear the loss.