17 August 2012

Nigeria: My Worries as Muslim Leader - Sultan

Sokoto — Sultan Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar says concerted efforts are on by various stakeholders in the country to tackle the security situation in the country even as spoke on what he described as the 'saddest' thing for him as a Muslim leader.

The Sultan, who stated this at a Ramadan dinner he hosted for journalists in Sokoto yesterday, said in the last seven months efforts were being made by many stakeholders to tackle the insecurity in the county.

"The saddest thing on my part as a leader is that we have always said the truth, and we have always stood by the truth and we have said it with all honesty and sincerity as Muslim leaders, we have said at public fora, press statements which have been carried in media houses across the world on the true situation of things but people still come back and keep postulating that Muslims are all out to Islamize Nigeria after we have said the opposite side", he said.

The Sultan stressed the need for understanding among Nigerians, pointing out that "understanding one another is very, very important, where we are coming from, where we are going to, what this country means to all of us. It is not a one man country, it belongs to everyone here, all the 160 million people should have a say in whatever happens in this country".

The Sultan also lauded the recent peace moves in Plateau State, saying the development is worthy of commendation.

"We are with them 100 percent in search for the peace, stability and development of Plateau State because they are all our brothers and sisters," he said.

He saidd "the peace moves in Plateau must be commended by all, I have seen meetings being held by Mr. President with Berom leaders, and then with Hausa/Fulani, I have seen positive comments of the governor of Plateau State when he visited the Muslims when flood hit some places weeks back and also other comments by Chief Solomon Lar".

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