- The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, has kicked against calls for secession
- Abubakar argued that people who are drumming support for the division of Nigeria are not informed
- The Muslim leader expressed regret that issues of national importance have been left with citizens who are ignorant
The president-general of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, has said people calling for secession are not informed.
According to the NSCIA president-general, people need to be more informed so as to make a good decision.
Speaking further he warned against the division of Nigeria, adding that religious leaders and scholars must rise up in feeding their followers with truth and the true meaning of faiths they profess.
He expressed regret that citizens who are illiterates and ignorant have been left with issues of national importance. The Muslim leader noted that such people are bent on setting the country up in flames through negative narratives.
Apart from the Sultan, other personalities present and represented at the event attributed rising agitations and dissatisfaction across the country to illiteracy and misinformation in the land.
Guests including Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Bola Tinubu were of the opinion that more needed to be done in teaching younger Nigerians about the nation’s history.
Abubakar canvassed religious tolerance, saying it can foster harmony across the country.
Vanguard reports that the Sultan had earlier said the unity of Nigeria was paramount to the royal fathers, saying monarchs would be neutral to ensure peace, unity, and stability of the country.
According to him, the unity of Nigeria is very important hence the need to call on all participants to continue to work for the togetherness of the country.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Usman Bugaje, a former member of the House of Representatives warned that the situation in Nigeria will worsen if the country breaks up.
He gave the warning during the 17th edition of the biennial Lagos Qur’an Competition in Lagos. He advised Nigerians to work for the progress of the country and set aside their differences.