The Sokoto Emirate has said that the Sultanate is not surprised over the nomination of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III for the award of 2012 Nobel Peace Prize.
A senior member of the Sultanate Council stated this yesterday during an interview with LEADERSHIP SUNDAY while reacting to Sultan's nomination for the prestigious peace price.
The Agence France Presse (AFP) had reported that the International Peace and Research Institute (IPRI) had nominated Sultan and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan for the peace prize.
The Sultanate stated that it was on record that throughout his career in the military and later as Sultan, he is known to be a man of peace, saying that "the watchword of the royal father in all his activities and pronouncements is that there is the need to promote peace irrespective of religious and political affiliations."
It added that Sultan's recent lecture at the School of Divinity, Havard University, United States among several others in Europe and America, which dwelt on Islam and peace, might have informed the IPRI's nomination of the royal father for the award.
According to the Sultanate, it is unusual to make comment at this stage as what is appropriate is to allow the judges of the IPRI to do their work over the peace prize.
Meanwhile, a senior member of the Catholic Church has said that though the church has not been officially informed about Onaiyekan's nomination, it was aware of the development.