The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, has expressed concern over the security situation in the country.

Sanusi, who was the Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), said the activities of Boko Haram in the North-East, as well as those of militants in the Niger Delta, posed a serious threat to national security. According to the Kano monarch, “In the ranking of failed states, security is number one.”

He made this position yesterday in Abuja, at the conferment of award on the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Ibrahim Idris. “Functions like these are important because, recognising success encourages others.

And the more governors, the more local government chairmen, the more traditional rulers focus on security, the more secure we all are.

“The country is facing too many threats. In the North-East, we have had for years a rampaging horde, who in the name of religion, kill innocent people, kidnap children, rape young girls, bomb mosques.

And the irony is missing: you are a Muslim, Muslims go to the mosque, people are praying and saying ‘Allah Akbaru’, and you are killing them and saying ‘Allah Akbaru’. “In the Niger Delta, you have people who are fighting for resource control; they want the money from oil, and how do they get the money? They blow up the pipelines.

“There is a lack of understanding and lack of focus, and lack of sense to the violence,” Sanusi said. In his remarks, the IGP noted that since his inauguration as governor, Bello has “recorded a lot of progress in addressing security challenges in Kogi State.”

Meanwhile, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday held a closeddoor meeting with Sanusi at the presidential villa, Abuja.

The Emir, a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, did not speak to State House Correspondents who approached him after the meeting. “You can just report that I came to the Villa,” he said.

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