The killings in Nigeria are becoming a source of worry for religious and traditional leaders and they are making demands from the government. 

It is the responsibility of the government to ensure Nigerians are safe wherever they are, but that responsibility has not been upheld judiciously. 

A National Summit of religious and traditional leaders was held in Abuja on Thursday.  

At the meeting were the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Samson Ayokunle and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.  

They all addressed the summit, emphasising the need for the government to take action and end the killings. 

For the Sultan of Sokoto, these killings must end for Nigeria to witness development.

'Tame The Senseless Killing' 

“There’s been too much bloodshed in Nigeria.

"The bloodshed of innocent people who don’t know what is happening. And it is across the country.

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"If we don’t tame the senseless killing of innocent people, we cannot see peace, we cannot have peace, we cannot have any development.

“One thing that is clear is that everybody is talking positively about what must happen in Nigeria.

“As Christians and Muslims, we know the sacredness of life.

"We cannot go about killing innocent people and claiming to be doing so in the name of religion. All of us must rise up against those people and let them know that this is not our religion,” Abubakar stated. 

Try again

President Muhammadu Buhari had said that foreigners are the ones carrying out the killings, but the Suntan seems to believe Nigerians are part of this. 

He said: "Nigerians cannot continue to kill and spill innocent blood in the name of religion when both Islam and Christianity preach the sacredness of life which should be respected by all".

With A Bleak Future

For the Ooni of Ife, practical steps must be taken to address the issue of Nigeria’s population growth.

Worse situation may be ahead of the nation, if youths are continuously used to perpetrate violent activities, he emphasised.

“The active population of this country is about 150 million people with a bleak future.

"The young men that were apprehended and paraded for kidnapping the Chibok girls are below the age of 30.

"They thought they were doing business because they were very ignorant of what they were doing,” the Ooni added. 

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The traditional leader also urged those in leadership position to engage youths in productive activities.

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