…As Buhari commiserates with Zamfara over recent killings, urges new administration not to despair***
The Daura Emirate Social Media Forum (DESOMF) on Sunday organized a marathon prayer session, seeking divine intervention on the plight of Alhaji Musa Umar- Uba, the abducted District Head of the area, as President Muhammadu Buhari commiserated with Zamfara, on the recent infiltration of bandits, who killed several innocent citizens in Tsafe Local Government Area of the State.
The prayer session was held at the famous Muhammmadu Bashar primary school, Daura, praying for divine intervention for the release of Umar-Uba, who was kidnapped May 1, at his residence in Daura and had since then, could neither be communicated nor his captors, by his family.
At the prayer session, the Chairman of the forum, Alhaji Abubakar Dantakai, described the abduction of the district head and one Abba Danbeza in Kano, recently, as saddening and unfortunate.
Dantakai said Danbeza was a staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and was abducted in Kano while on his way from Lagos to Daura.
He said the community would intensify prayers to invoke divine intervention for the release of the two victims, in good health and mental stability.
“There is no communication between Danbeza family and his captors and it is 24 days today since when he was kidnapped,” he said
Alhaji Umar Umar, the immediate younger brother of the abducted district head of Daura said his brother had not established contact with his family.
He said the clarification became necessary, in view of the rumour being peddled in some sections of the media that his abducted brother had established contact with his family.
Umar said that right from the day he was abducted, about 54 days ago, no communication was established between the victim and any member of his family as earlier speculated by the media.
He, however, lauded security agencies for their unwavering commitment and determination to free all victims of abduction.
“I wish, on behalf of the family, to extend our sincere appreciation to the government and the people of the area for their concerned since when the tribulation started.
He specifically commended the organisers of the prayer for their determination toward seeing that the abducted district head is released through prayers and other helpful means.
Another community leader, Alhaji Yusuf, who addressed the audience on behalf of the people of the area, described the situation as frightening and unfortunate.
Islamic clerics, students, traditional rulers and the family members witnessed the complete recitation of the 60 portions of the Holy Quran and delivery of sermon on security.
In the meantime, President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the government and people of Zamfara on the recent infiltration of bandits, who killed several innocent citizens in Tsafe Local Government Area.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday, Buhari condemned the incident, describing the bandit’s attacks as “callous and despicable”.
He assured the people of Zamfara and other Nigerians who had lost loved ones to violent attacks that the government, under his watch, would soon bring such dastardly acts to an end.
The president commended the new administration in the State for putting in new security measures to curtail the activities of criminals and bandits.
He urged them not to despair but to see the latest attack as a challenge to step up collective actions to rout the enemy, in partnership with the Federal government.
While urging law enforcement agencies to take prompt and timely actions against the wicked attackers, Buhari appealed to citizens to have faith in the security agencies by giving them useful information on plans and the movements of the bandits.