The Emir of Wase, Alhaji Muhammadu Haruna Sambo, has expressed worry over the recent influx of strangers into Wase Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Alhaji Sambo, who disclosed this in Wase during the Sallah festival called on governments, at all levels to rise up to the occasion to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
He said, “I must say that we have a nonchalant attitude here in this land, and I am calling on the local government chairman to rise up to the looming danger ahead of us. People have been entering Wase land. We don’t even know where they are coming from or what brought them?
“It is not that we don’t want people to come to Wase land, not at all! No place can develop without people! But we need people of goodwill, people who will add positive value to Wase land not any kind of persons.”
He said Community leaders too must not compromise by endangering the lives of their people.
“We must look at what is happening because our community leaders are the main culprits in this. They accept these people (strangers) and in turn, the people gave them some peanuts and they camp these people. We at the top are left without the knowledge of the trend and whenever something happened, the government then looks for us. “
He said the country must treat criminality without any sentiment. “If somebody commits an offence he or she should be punished. And if we want an end to the trend in our country we must treat criminals as criminals without attaching any politics, religion or ethnic sentiment to it. “
The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Idris Wase, expressed worry over what the Emir said.
“What his Highness said is true. Any right-thinking person should be concerned with this, both the poor and those in leadership, none is safe.”
He called on all stakeholders to ensure the security of their various communities and Nigeria.