Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State governor, has submitted that inadequate upbringing of Muslims about the fear of God, is fueling insecurity in Nigeria.
The governor also stated that drug abuse has a role to play in the growing insecurity bedeviling the country.
Tambuwal, who received the Sheikh Ahmed Gumi-led Bandits Repentance Initiative (S-GULBAR Initiative) in Sokoto on Saturday, recalled how another governor met a woman who sold drugs in calabashes in a hamlet.
“We should also be mindful of the role that drug abuse plays in fueling the committing of these vices”, he said.
“A counterpart of mine, a serving governor once narrated to me an incidence. He told me that he once visited a hamlet and wanted to patronise local women coming back from the market where they had gone to hawk dairy products and stuff, and one of them ran away. He asked what was the problem and was told that she wasn’t carrying dairy products in her calabashes but drugs.
“My colleague told me that much of the drugs used by the kidnappers and violent marauders get to them in this way. For this reason, we must act to overcome this menace of drug trafficking and drug abuse. Otherwise, we will only end up killing the snake without severing its head.”
He added: “Had there been adequate upbringing of Muslims on the fear of God and the responsibilities of Muslims on their fellow Muslims, much of these ugly situations would not have to arise.
“This noble mission S-GULBAR have embarked upon is timely, commendable and is what we as state governments should support to salvage budding talents being wasted as terrorists in the north and ensure that peace and prosperity return to our domains.”