The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Umar El-Kanemi has called for peace in the state and urged citizens to support government and shun violence.
El-Kanemi said the killings of innocent citizens by the Boko Haraminsurgents must stop, insisting that Islam does not condone it.
El – Kanemi who spoke to journalists through Musa Liman, theZanna Sabnoma, chief mobilizer of events, of Borno Emirate, said the indiscriminate and unjust killing of innocent people was unjustifiable, noting that Islam forbids killing in whatever guise and that it was wrong for the insurgents to claim they are jihadistsfighting the cause of Islamic religion.
“We need to respect our differences, respect sanctity of life and give support to those in authority. We have see more deaths here and this killing should be over,” he said.
The royal father also commended the youths in the state for their bravery in fishing out members of the sect.
“The youth volunteers should be commended, they need everybody’s support and prayers. Imagine young men with sticks and cutlasses chasing armed men with sophisticated weapons. Therefore, I urge our people to give them support,” he said.
The Shehu of Borno also harped on the need to embrace education, as it is key to human development.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, has reiterated that his administration was now ready to begin the task of transforming the state.
Shettima gave the assurance during the Sallah visit on him by theBorno elders and leaders of thought led by Usman Gaji Galtimari.
The governor commended the elders for living up to their responsibilities, especially in the face of the unrest in the state.
He also emphasized that education remains the portent tool to tackle poverty and insecurity, adding that his administration will continue to work towards ensuring quality and accessible education, good health and viable agriculture that would create job opportunities for the teeming youth of the state.
“We would not mind even to pay money to parents to send their wards to school,” the governor said.
He highlighted joblessness, poverty, illiteracy and hunger, as some of the causes of the security in Borno.