- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has said that northern leaders will never call on anybody to take up arms
- He blamed the insecurity in the country on the failure of the government
- He said he has taken responsibility for 150 orphans to educate them to higher insitution
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has said that northern traditional rulers will never call on anybody to take up arms for any reason saying, failure of government led to insecurity in the country.
Daily Trust reports that while speaking at the 3rd General Assembly of the northern traditional rulers’ council in Kaduna, the Sultan who is the chairman of the council said if the government wakes up to their responsibility, the issue of insecurity will be a thing of the past.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Sultan said: “We will never call on anybody to take up arms. As a Fulani leader, I am the leader of Fulani's in this country, and in the west African sub region, I live with so many people and I know their problems, and I will never call on any Fulani to pick up arm to kill anybody.
“I have said it so many times at so many forums that those people picking up arms and killing people are criminals and whoever you are, whether you are Igbo, Hausa , Yoruba or Fulani, you have no right to take up arms and kill anybody.
“If you see such thing happen then there must be a failure of government because if government wakes up to their responsibility, some of these things will not happen. We keep calling on everyone to please maintain peace and allow the constituted authority to take up these issues and we will continue to put pressure on them on till they continue find solution to this dastardly act.”
The Sultan added: “We are here to discuss on thorny issues affecting us as one people and the presence of the royal fathers from the south, it is our testimony of the oneness of this country , the resolve to be one indivisible country. Last year our brothers from south were with us in this same type of meeting, we do this to ensure that we have nothing to hide except having good governance at all levels; we want our leaders to do justice to all mankind.
“As usual, when we come to the closed door session, we are going to discuss on so many issues facing us in this country which I believe at the end of the meeting, we will have a communique, which we will send the proceedings and that communiqué to our political leaders to see if they want to implement any of our recommendations.
“We do not have any power to force anybody to implement anything, but as royal fathers and religious leaders, we can recommend certain things, we can advise because leadership is not a monopoly of one individual group or society, it is a responsibility of all, both the led and those leading and people must listen to those that are leading so that we all could be on the same page, as we are struggling to build our great country Nigeria where no man is oppressed.”
To the southern rulers, the Sultan said: “I will like our brothers from the south to tell us things that you are not comfortable with, that are being done in this part of the country, (north) because all of you here have representatives of your various community living with us here, tell us what you think we should do to make life better for everybody, as we will tell you too what to do to make live better for our people living with you, because we are great family and we will continue to extend that hand of love to everybody, irrespective of tribe or religion, irrespective of political party lineage.”
Commenting on what issues will be deliberated upon; the Sultan added that, “We will discuss some of those issues that are of concern, like all the herdsmen/farmers clashes, the various irresponsible killing of innocent women and children that people do not want to talk about.
"We must talk about these things and we call on the governors never to keep away those things from their table, we cannot keep such things under the carpet, because if we do that, we are encouraging more of such dastardly act to be carried out by others.
“We have seen how innocent people have been killed, innocent children of two years, pregnant women killed, children brought out of their mother’s womb. I do not know the type of people we have become.
"These are the issues we are saying we will never stop talking about them, until our political leaders take the responsibility up and help us out so that we have peace because without justice, there cannot be peace.”
He noted that the meeting will also discuss drug abuse among youth and women and also problems affecting women and children and see how to assist the various authorities on how to bring it to a minimum level.
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On Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the Sultan pointed out that, “There are about 50, 000 orphans in various IDP camps, children who do not know who their parents are; if we allow those children to grow up in IDP camps without knowing who their parents are, then we have a big problem in our hands.”
He said he has taken responsibility for 150 orphans where he pledged to educate them to the level and urged others to do so.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Stephen Mamza, accused the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, of making inciting comments of clashes in Numan area of Adamawa state.
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