- The report that the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, endorsed a presidential candidate ahead of the elections, has been debunked
- A statement from the sultan's media team described the claim as an irresponsible comment that cannot emanate from the Muslim leader
- The Sultan also reiterated that he would not allow himself to be dragged into politics, while sending a cautionary message to those that spread fake news about him
The Islamic leader said he would not be dragged into politics, while cautioning those who are spreading the falsehood that he purportedly endorsed a presidential candidate, to desist from the act, Vanguard reported.
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Bashir Adefaka, of the media team of the Sultan, disclosed the position of the religious leader in a statement on Thursday, December 19.
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Adefaka said the statement on social media, which is titled, ‘Breaking: Sultan of Sokoto writes’, is nothing but false.
The Sultan reminded Nigerians that this is not the first time such a statement would be in circulating in order for politicians to use the influence of religious leaders.
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The media team's statement reads in part:
“Unfortunately for these pitiable political campaigners, Sultan of Sokoto is - strictly speaking - a traditional ruler and leader of Muslims of Africa's most populous country. Moreso, as a retired Army General, his discipline, commitment and unalloyed loyalty to Nigeria is non-negotiable."
Adefaka added that such an irresponsible writeup would not have come from the Sultan and that Nigerians should disregard it.
Why INEC must postpone 2023 election, pastor gives reason
Legit.ng earlier reported that Primate Elijah Ayodele of the INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church has predicted that elections would not hold in some parts of the country.
Ayodele said that some people are ready to sabotage the process in some parts of the country and the electoral body, therefore, must postpone the already scheduled poll.
According to the cleric, the solution to Nigeria's problem is not election but restructuring, adding that there would be mass protests if the country is not restructured.