An Islamic cleric, Sheikh Nuru Khalid, has criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over the activities of bandits ravaging much of the country.
Khalid, who is the Chief Imam of Apo Legislative Quarters Mosque, said God will punish Buhari if he fails to return Nigeria to the state he met it.
In a video that has gone viral, the cleric vowed that Allah would punish Buhari if he fails to tackle bandits.
He said, “Go and tell the President that under his government, some group of people are issuing threats to local communities, demanding that they should be paid some amounts of money or face attack.
“And they would gather the money and announce publicly on the BBC that they (bandits) would be paid this Friday [to avoid attack].
“Tell the president that there is a country we pay allegiance to, and there is a part of the country we do not know, which is governed by bandits.
“The president should either return the country as one nation where bandits are not killing people anyhow — just the way he took over, or Allah (God) will deal with him.”
The activities of armed bandits have been a major threat to communities across the north and parts of the south in recent times.
Several students, farmers and religious leaders have been abducted and killed by these bandits, while heavy ransoms have been paid to secure the release of others abducted.