By Lawal Sa’idu Funtua
The secretary to the government of Katsina state, Alhaji Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa has expressed shock and regrets on how some Marabouts are offering prayer services to bandits and kidnappers.
Inuwa stated this today while speaking at the graduation 510 trainees under the Katsina state inter-local government maiden skills acquisition programme.
” It beats my imagination how some so called Marabouts are offering prayer services for bandits and kidnappers to succeed in their criminality”.
The SGS has attributed the spate of kidnappings in the society to the hand work of informants whom he said most times are those close to the victim.
He added ” a kidnapper will not come to your house without information from someone close to you.A stranger from the bush cannot just come town and locate your house without someone guiding them”
Inuwa appealed to people to be security conscious and always report any suspicious movements to the relevant security agencies.
However Inuwa tasks the trainees that are largely women to make good use of the skills they acquired in improving their economic status.
He noted that in any empowerment initiative the state government target women.
“We target women because most times their husbands leave them with the responsibility of looking after the children. Some of them even have orphans to cater for” he stressed.
He said government initiate these programmes to make people self reliant as according to him ” the government cannot provide employment for all”.
The SGS called on the beneficiaries to be prudent and honest in managing the working tools and funds provided for them.