Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has asked Nigerians to be resolute and defend themselves against the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. The monarch, one of the three most prominent in the north region, others being the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Gwandu, urged Nigerians to make sacrifice if the struggle would take martyrs of them. Sanusi, who spoke at the closing of the weekly Quranic recitation organised to pray for peace in the country, last Saturday, reminded his audience, among them clerics, of Prophet Muhammed's teaching that anyone who dies defending his people and country are martyrs.
“These people when they attack towns, they kill boys and enslave girls… People must stand resolute (and) not assume that the crisis will not reach their area. If it comes, we are asking God to give us fortitude, but if He wishes to take martyrs from amongst us, we should be ready to give our lives,” Sanusi said. The Emir tasked Nigerians to brace up to defend their towns, women and children against the terrorists sect and not wait for soldiers to protect them. "There are even instances where soldiers on ground ran away in the face of attack," he said.