Leadership (Abuja)

17 February 2013

Nigeria: No Nigerian Should Be a Settler Anywhere - Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, has called for an end to the current settler syndrome in the body politic.

He said no Nigerian should be treated as a settler in any part of the country.

The eminent traditional ruler made the appeal in Osogbo, Osun State on Friday when Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, hosted him to a dinner.

The two leaders said that those who hide under Islam to perpetrate heinous crimes should not be treated as Muslims but common criminals.

They said those who use Islam as a platform to engaging in terrorism were not in any way helping the cause of Islam or Muslims but pursuing their personal ambitions.

Aregbesola said a true Muslim must not promote conflict, contradiction and crisis, noting that whoever was involved in such acts was only fit to be called a heretic.

The Sultan said Islam is and will forever remain a religion of peace and development.

Sultan Abubakar said he was happy to hear of Aregbesola's achievements, especially in carrying everybody along in governance irrespective of their religion and ethnic platforms. He said, "there should be no settler of any form on any piece of land in this country as every individual must find a home in wherever he chooses to live."

The traditional ruler further said Governor Aregbesola had demonstrated this by treating natives and non-natives in the state as equals, "which is what Nigeria needs to guarantee peaceful co-habitation among all groups, ethnic and religious.

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