Niger Insecurity: General Abdulsalami Abubakar debunks link with bandits, other terrorists’ groups

Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar (rtd), has debunked alleged link with armed bandits or any other terrorists group wreaking havoc in communities across Niger State.

Abubakar in a press statement issued in Minna by his media aide, Dr. Yakubu Suleiman described the allegations as “false and unfounded.”

A section of the media had linked him to a purported arrested helicopter supplying food and weapon to bandits in parts of the State.

But dissociating himself from it, he said ordinarily, he would have ignored the report but had to set the record straight.

“This kind of fake news has the potential of aggravating the already tense security situation in the country and should not be condoned”, he said, adding that it is “a heinous crime that is unbecoming of any patriotic citizen.’

Gen. Abubakar said he wondered how individuals can be so callous to peddle such news and smear the image and character of people.

He urged Nigerians “to ignore such treacherous acts and be careful with the kind of information they dish out and share on social media”.

The elder statesman then urged Nigerians to continue to work and pray for enduring peace in Nigeria, saying that no nation can attain greatness without peace and security of lives and property.

Also, disturbed by the security challenges in the state, the Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has declared a special weekly prayer session across the eight Emirate councils in the State to seek God’s intervention.

Flagging off the special prayers session led by the Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, which had in attendance, Islamic Scholars, State Government officials, traditional leaders as well as other stakeholders at the central mosque in Minna, Bello explained, “there is the urgent need to seek God’s intervention in the security situation in the state, and country in general.”

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