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Emir of Kano Calls on Nigerians to Defend Themselves Against Boko Haram

BBC News   in 
November 18, 2014

One of northern Nigeria’s most influential Muslim leaders has called on people to defend themselves against attacks by the Boko Haram militant Islamist group.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi, said residents should “acquire what they need” to protect themselves.

The BBC’s Will Ross, in Nigeria, says such an intervention is very unusual.

A police spokesman said the Emir’s comments were a “call for anarchy” and should not be acted on.

The emir, who until earlier this year was governor of Nigeria’s central bank, normally stays silent on political matters.

He made the comments at a prayer meeting, following several further attacks in recent days blamed on Boko Haram.

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