- The Sultan of Sokoto commended the federal government’s anti-corruption fight, saying Islam is totally against corruption
- He, however, expressed his displeasure on how some corrupt persons were not being sanctioned
- The Sultan also commended the federal government for banning codeine
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has commended the federal government’s anti-corruption fight, saying Islam is totally against corruption.
Abubakar reminded Muslims that Islam is totally against corruption.
He said he was fully in support of the anti-corruption war and urged the government to punish any corrupt person no matter how highly placed.
The monarch, however, expressed his displeasure on how some corrupt persons were not being sanctioned.
“There should be no sacred cow. When you are caught in this corruption war, you should be punished,” he said.
The Sultan also commended the federal government for banning codeine and also urged Sokoto state government to set up a task force committee to enforce the federal government’s directive.
Alhaji Abubakar stated this during the recent three-day activities earmarked for this year’s Eid-el-Fitri celebration in Sokoto, the Seat of the Caliphate, which has the state governor and other dignitaries in attendance, Vanguard reports.
In addition, he asked the government to urgently check the incessant killings and kidnapping in Zamfara state, which, he said, was assuming an alarming rate.
He said that going by the situation in recent months, many lives had been lost in Zamfara, adding that Sokoto shares some of the problems along the border local government areas with Zamfara namely Isa, Sabon Birmi, Rabah, Kbbe and Tureta.
NAIJ.com gathered that the Sultan acknowledged that “government, security agencies and traditional leaders are doing their best to see that the situation does not escalate”, adding that “strategies are being put in place to ensure that the state (Sokoto) is fully protected and by extension Zamfara State.”
He said: “All hands must be on deck to save this situation in Zamfara state.”
The Sultan lauded security agents for ensuring peace in Sokoto, saying: “I am impressed but you can do more”.
In his response, Governor Aminu Tambuwal thanked His Eminence for his advice at all times to ensure his success and that of the government of Sokoto.
The governor prayed Allah to reward the Sultan for his good deeds.
On the request for the welfare of the newly appointed district heads and the Waziri, he assured the Sultan that government would act soon.
On the need to set up a Task Force to enforce codeine ban, he said: “Already, the government has that law but it will reinforce it so as to enable it effectively discharge the responsibility assigned for it.”
On security, the governor said the state government was doing everything possible alongside security agencies to stop kidnapping and attacks on border local governments with Zamfara.
Tambuwal said: “Insha Allah, we will not allow its escalation.”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the presidency announced its plan to publicise a list of 200 individuals alleged to have corruptly enriched themselves with public properties.
The special assistant to the president on prosecution, Okoi Obono-Obla, made this known during the launch a software application for the tracking of illicit properties by a Civil Society Organisation, the African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) on Thursday, July 12.
The report, published by Daily Trust newspapers, did not, however, state whether the individuals will be made to face trial or not.
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