The Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, Sheikh Nuru Khalid, has lambasted the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for allowing bandits to control a part of Nigeria.
In a viral video, the cleric slammed the president for his failure to tackle banditry in the country while addressing worshippers during his Friday sermon.
The Imam swore that Allah (God) will deal with Buhari if he doesn’t return Nigeria “united and without bandits”.
Nigeria’s North-West and central states have been caught up in a surge in violence from heavily armed bandits who loot villages, steal cattle and carry out mass kidnappings.
The violence has its roots in years-long tensions and tit-for-tat raids between farmers and nomadic herders over grazing land and water resources.
But bandit attacks worsened since the criminal gangs emerged under Buhari’s regime. Most of them are based in vast forests across Kaduna, Katsina, Niger, and Zamfara states.
The Imam, who spoke in Hausa, was quoted as saying, “Go and tell the president that under his government some group of people are issuing threats to local communities, demanding that they be paid some amounts of money or face attack.