- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, on Friday December 27, said that Muslims in the country will not be pushed to take up arms
- Abubakar said that Muslims in the country are good people, and only a few bad ones like it is in other societies, are trying to corrupt others
- The Sultan also said that public comments on religious issues will not solve it, saying that constant public dialogues are the only solutions
The Sultan of Sokoto who also doubles as the president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Friday, December 27, advocated for continued dialogues as a way to resolve religious issues in the country.
Abubakar said public comments on the issue only serve to worsen the situation, adding Muslims in the nation are good people and will not be pushed to take up arms, Daily Trust reports.
This was made known at the 34th National Qur’an Recitation Competition that was put together by thee Musabaqah Foundation for Quranic Recitation in Nigeria/Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodiyo University.
It should be noted that the comment of the Sultan was coming on the heels of the disagreement between the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and NSCIA over Nigeria making US watchlist.
The sultan said that there are, however, bad Muslims like in other societies, enjoining the government to fish them out.
“And I want to assure you that no Muslim would be provoked into taking up arms against anybody based on what you have been seeing in the media particularly of recent.
“These are issues we need to tackle; these are issues the various governments at all levels need to tackle by sitting down and talking to one another because making public comments don’t normally help. They aggravate situations. And I want to assure all, everything is right with us,” he said.
Abubakar also said that Muslims would continue to do their best and seek how to make the nation a better place.
“The Muslims in Nigeria are very good people. We will continue to do the best. But among all good people, there are also bad people and we know there are bad people among all societies,” he said.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the CAN backed the recent listing of Nigeria by the United States government among nations tolerating religious persecution.
This was disclosed by Samson Ayokunle in a statement by his special assistant on media and communications. In the statement, the association warned that discrimination against Christians can result in another civil war which Nigeria may not survive.
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