Sultan Speaks about Possibility of Another War in Nigeria

Sultan Speaks about Possibility of Another War in Nigeria

- Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has ruled out the possibility of another war in Nigeria

- The Sokoto monarch and Muslim leader called for dialogue as the best way to address the various challenges facing the country

- Similarly, the president of CAN, Samson Ayokunle, asked the government to take proactive actions in addressing issues causing agitations

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Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has expressed optimism that Nigeria will not go into war again despite agitations from different quarters calling for secession.

The Sokoto monarch who is also the president of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) said this on Wednesday, May 19, in Abuja at the 2021 Second Quarterly Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), Daily Trust reported.

Sultan of Sokoto Speaks about Possibility of Another War in Nigeria
Sultan of Sokoto and president-general of the NSCIA Muhammadu Sa'ad Abubakar looks on during the Argungu festival at Argungu Town, Kebbi state, on March 14, 2020. Photo credit: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP
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He said he is a believer in dialogue which his religion (Islam) taught him and would always advocate for dialogue as a way to achieve peace.

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His words:

“People have been talking about war, there will not be war in Nigeria, who is going to fight who?
“In families, we have Christians and Muslims, you have ethnic nationalities in your country, you have inter-married.
“So, all these noise people are making is trying to draw attention to what they can get out of this country, and if you look at them, they are in minority.
“In this country, there are excellent people that mean well for common man and humanity, and that is what God created us to do."

The monarch, therefore, urged Nigerians to work together and continue to engage in dialogue, noting that no problem is too big enough not to be resolved through dialogue, The Punch also reported.

On his part, the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who co-chairs NIREC with the Sultam, Dr Samson Ayokunle, lamented the state of insecurity in the country, saying it has paralyzed activities across the country.

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Nevertheless, the Christian leader cautioned that breaking up the country may not solve the problem.

He also called on the government to be proactive in addressing issues causing the agitations in different parts of the country.

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In a related development, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's former president, has condemned the calls for the nation's breakup by some ethnic advocates.

The former president described calls for Nigeria's break up as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country, a statement sent on Wednesday, May 5, to by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, indicates.

Obasanjo made the observation when he received the Tiv Professional Group from Benue state who paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta.


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