Support Wike’s Administration, Sultan Urges Muslims In Rivers

Sultan of Sokoto
Sultan of Sokoto speaking at an interactive session with Muslims

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Saad Abubakar III, has called on Muslims in Rivers State to support Governor Nyesom Wike’s administration.

The Sultan, who made the appeal on Tuesday at a meeting with Muslims in Port Harcourt, the state capital, asked them to pray for the governor’s success.

He said after the bustle of political campaigns, all residents of the state should support the leader to move the state forward.

“Now that the noise of the campaigns are over, support the leader to succeed.¬† If the leader succeeds, the community benefits; if the leader fails, the community suffers the consequences,” the monarch said.

He also asked the Islamic faithful to be loyal to the administration, stressing that such loyalty must be an absolute one.

The President-General asked them to ensure peaceful coexistent in the state, pointing out that the interactive session was initiated for fraternal reasons.

Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Niger Delta Development Commission, Mohammed Aribitonye, thanked the Sultan for his visit to the state.

He expressed optimism that the meeting would uplift the spirit of Muslims in Rivers State, adding that Governor Wike is committed to promoting religious harmony.

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis Outbreak

Northern State Governors, Monarchs Meet Over Meningitis OutbreakAn emergency meeting of State Governors and traditional rulers of the 19 northern states of the country has been held in Kaduna State.

The meeting was convened on Tuesday to discuss ways of tackling the meningitis outbreak that has claimed over 400 lives across Nigeria, most of them from the region.

The meeting, which was organised by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, seeks alternative ways of importing vaccines for the treatment of meningitis victims, and prevent further spread of the killer disease in the region.

Declaring the meeting open, the Sultan of Sokoto, who was represented by the Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris, called on the Federal and State governments to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to strengthen primary healthcare system in the country.

He said the traditional rulers would support government’s effort in ensuring that the people get the needed medical attention to contain the spread of the disease.

“The traditional rulers of Nigeria, in coordination with stakeholders, will do all that is humanly possible to assist in ensuring that our people and members of communities are given the appropriate medical attention promptly, to avoid the outbreak of meningitis.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on the Federal, State and Local governments to put all hands on deck to ensure that appropriate measures are taken, to give the necessary prevention by way of immunisation and preventive drugs against the bacteria, so that our members of communities will be protected adequately,” the monarch said.

Religious Leaders Should Preach Against Killings – Sultan Of Sokoto

Religious Leaders Should Preach Against Killings- Sultan Of SokotoThe Sultan Of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar (III), has asked religious leaders to speak against killings in the name of religion.

The Sultan who was speaking in Abuja, said that bad religious teachings have been responsible for the incessant violence, especially in southern Kaduna.

In the last few months, increased clashes between Fulani herdsmen and locals in southern Kaduna, have led to wanton destruction of lives and property.

The National Emergency Management Agency in Nigeria (NEMA), has put the number of deaths that have occurred in the region at 204.

Meanwhile, contrary to that report, a Catholic church had earlier said 808 people were killed as of December 2016, a figure disputed by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

The Catholic Church also said 1,422 houses, 16 churches, 19 shops, and one primary school were destroyed.

At least three people have been killed and some others injured in Samaru Kataf, a community in Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State.

Just less than two weeks ago, at least three people were killed and some others injured in Samaru Kataf.

Confirming the incident, the Kaduna Police spokesperson, Aliyu Usman said the deaths occurred when gunmen suspected to have been herdsmen launched an attack on the community.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Adviser, (Media and Publicity) to the President, Garba Shehu, has assured residents that solution is on the way as the President has ordered the establishment of two military units to provide security in the region.