The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has issued a warning to Nigerians who use religious and ethnic differences as an excuse to perpetrate fiendish and wicked acts of violence.
The esteemed religious leader of the Muslim faithful made this chastisement at a special Sallah lunch with the leaders and members of the resident communities in Sokoto during the weekend.
According to him, “We should never use our religious, cultural or ethnic affiliation to perpetrate or encourage violence, insecurity or sow the seeds of discord and disunity. Such obnoxious factors should also never be used by any selfish and unpatriotic Nigerian in whatever guise to overheat the nation’s polity.”
“God has created us with diverse religious and ethnic background to co-exist harmoniously as a united force. These differences amongst Nigerians were allowed by God to unite us not to separate and disunite us.”
He said, “The country belongs to all of us and we have to collectively ensure that it remains as one Nigeria. Nigerians should also continue to fervently pray in this direction.
“Nigerians should continue to be law-abiding and cooperate with the various security agencies in their ongoing commendable efforts to stem the tides of insecurity and other forms of criminality.”