CAN Felicitates With Muslims At Sallah

 

The leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) says it is rejoicing with, and congratulating the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, Head of Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) and President-General, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and all Nigerian Muslim Faithful on their successful completion of this year’s Ramadan.

In a letter addressed to the Sultan, CAN said it believes that the great yearly spiritual exercise is in obedience to the Holy Quran that says, “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183.

While the Christian body said it appreciates the coming to an end of this year’s Ramadan prayers, it however, implored all Muslims not to cease from continuously praying for the peace, unity and stability of the country.

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“We wish to encourage Muslims in Nigeria and all over the world to continue to pray for a speedy end of COVID-19 in our country, continent and the entire world, to which the Christian Association of Nigeria is also fully committed.

“We commend Nigerians for their cooperation with the government so far in their attempts being made to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, despite all the inconveniences and hardships. It is our prayer that all those who are sick of the pandemic will recover very soon and that those who have lost their loved ones to the cold hands of death will be comforted by the Almighty God.

“May God help us all to continue to keep to the rules and regulations which the government has put in place to stop the spread of the pandemic! We also pray that all Nigerians, irrespective of their religious affiliations and ethnic identities, will continue to live righteously and harmoniously even after this annual spiritual exercise.

“Finally, we wish Your Eminence, the Muslim faithful and indeed the Federal Republic Nigeria, Happy Id el Fitri. God bless you!,” the letter signed by Barrister Joseph Bade Daramola, CAN’s General Secretary, partially read.

Sultan, Obi Of Onitsha, Tinubu, Others Bag Honourary Degrees In ABUAD

Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) on Monday conferred honourary degrees on top individuals including the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar; the Obi of Onitsha Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe; and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.

The dignitaries were honoured during the seventh convocation ceremony of the institution in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.

Sultan of Sokoto and Obi of Onitsha were decorated as Doctor of Letters while Tinubu was decorated as Doctor of Public Administration.

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During the reading of his citation, the Sultan of Sokoto is described as a serial honourary awardee who has received honourary degrees in over 10 universities. He is also the current chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

Tinubu was honoured by the institution for his political acumen and for being a true believer in federalism.

The honourary awardees were subsequently inducted into the alumni association of ABUAD.

Atiku, Secondus Visit Sultan Of Sokoto

 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and other leaders of the party, visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar on Monday, February, 4. 

Atiku and the PDP chieftains visited the Sultan after a presidential rally in Gusau, Zamfara state.

In his remarks, Sultan Abubakar charged politicians to confront and address issues of insecurity, poverty and unemployment troubling the country.

The Sultan urged politicians to commit themselves to a peaceful election and also keep to their campaign promises when they get elected into their respective offices.

He also encouraged security agencies to ensure they play a non-partisan role in the coming elections.

Below are some more photos from the courtesy visit.

Sultan of Sokoto Calls On Politicians To Address Insecurity, Poverty

 

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has charged politicians to confront and address issues of insecurity, poverty and unemployment troubling the country.

Sultan Abubakar made the call on Monday when he received in audience the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and leaders of the party who were at his palace for a courtesy visit.

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In his remarks, the Sultan urged politicians to commit themselves to a peaceful election and also keep to their campaign promises when they get elected into their respective offices.

He also encouraged security agencies to ensure they play a non-partisan role in the coming elections.

Buhari Meets With Traditional Rulers In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and other traditional rulers.

The President received the monarchs alongside other members of the National Council of Traditional Rulers at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also at the meeting.

See photos of the meeting below:

 

 

 

 

 

Polio Eradication: Sultan Pledges Support For Health Agencies

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Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, says he is committed to working with health agencies across the country to eradicate polio and other childhood killer diseases in Nigeria.

He was speaking during the flag off of the sub-national immunisation plus days organised by the Sokoto State Primary Health Care Development Agency in Sokoto.

The Sultan appealed to the people to accept the vaccines, and the routine immunisation programme so that they can effectively fight polio and other child-killer diseases like measles, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, among others.

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Sultan, Ooni Call For Promotion Of National Unity

Sultan of Sokoto
Sultan of Sokoto

No country can survive two civil wars, which makes the call for national unity at this time very paramount.

These were the words of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III during the Traditional Rulers’ Day, as part of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of Rivers State.

The event brought together royal fathers from within the state and across the country, including the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi.

The traditional rulers called for concerted efforts by all to ensure that there is peace and unity in the country.

Sultan Of Sokoto Says Nobody Can Islamise Nigeria

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, says nobody can Islamise NigeriaThe Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that nobody can islamise Nigeria.

The monarch allayed fears in some quarters that there was a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic State.

He argued that no country survives a religious war and as such, Christians and Muslims in Nigeria must imbibe the culture of peace and peaceful co-existence.

The Sultan also appealed to Christians and Muslims across the world to desist from making comments insinuating that anyone was out to Islamise Nigeria.

He also stressed the need for Nigerians to set aside ethno-religious differences and be committed towards peace and development of the nation.

While noting that both Christians and Muslims have always lived together since Nigeria’s amalgamation, Alhaji Abubakar recommended dialogue as the best option to address some of the socio-political challenges in the country.

On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai decried the series of crises that have erupted in Kaduna State over the years, which he said have divided the state along religious lines.

He noted that religion that was supposed to be used for spiritual upliftment, has been turned into a tool for division in the hands of religious leaders.

Sultan Urges Nigerian Leaders To Uphold Justice

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar on JusticeThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has challenged Nigerian leaders to always uphold justice.

He asked them not be bias in favour or against anyone, saying injustice has no place in any society.

The Sultan made the call while delivering a goodwill message at an Islamic gathering in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He called on Muslims to shun violence but always be prayerful and not take law into their hands whenever they are being denied their constitutional rights.

Alhaji Abubakar noted that constant praying for the nation’s leaders for God’s guidance is mandatory for Muslims in order for them to be successful in directing the country.

Sultan Seeks Investigation Of Saudi Stampede

sultan of sokoto on saudi stampedeThe President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on the Saudi Arabian Government to investigate the cause of the stampede in which 768 pilgrims died in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during the stoning of the devil.

In a statement issued on his behalf by Secretary-General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, in Kaduna, the Sultan descibed the stampede as ‘one tragedy too many’.

Alhaji Abubakar condoled with the families of the victims of the tragedy, also calling on Muslims never to be deterred by the tragedy, but remain steadfast, despite the challenges confronting them.

While commending the Saudi authorities for the steps they have taken so far to make the Hajj operation a success, the statement maintains that an investigation into the stampede has become necessary to guard against a recurrence.

The incident occurred on Thursday, September 24 on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have described the stampede as one that was beyond human control.

Disregard Sultan’s Comments At Your Own Peril, Analyst Warns Politicians

A political scientist and a lecturer at the University of Abuja, Kabiru Mato has called on Nigerian leaders not to disregard the comments of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar on the security in the North.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Mato said though modern politics in Nigeria has withered the powers of traditional leaders, but “the statement by the sultan should not be put aside by any serious minded political leadership because it is a statement that is coming out from one of the highest level of the Nigerian society.”

The University don said the situation where Nigerian leaders accept responsibilities for the ills in the country is an indication of progress.
Mr Mato cautioned that “If the political leadership will choose to disregard this very honest and bold pronouncement by the sultan, it will do so at its own peril.”

The Sultan had on Monday blamed the North for the present insecurity in the region.

He had said, “Let us sit and talk freely and articulate positions that will bring us out of the quagmire we put ourselves. It is important that religious and traditional rulers from our various states sit together, so that each and every one of us will talk freely for us to articulate a position as the way out of this problem we find ourselves.

“We northerners have put ourselves in a quagmire, because whatever that is happening in the North is our own doing. This was because we did not do what we are supposed to do. And since we know that, we have to solve our problems ourselves. So, I think, it is not a bad idea that the committee was set up.”

We’re Responsible For Our Sufferings, Sultan tells Fellow Northerners

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has blamed the North for the present insecurity in the region.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar

He also blamed the region for being the architect of its underdevelopment.

Sultan Abubakar who is also the President of Nigeria’s Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs disclosed this at the Northern Nigeria Governors Peace and Reconciliation Committee meeting in Kaduna on Monday. He blamed northerners for inflicting heavy pains on themselves.

“Let us sit and talk freely and articulate positions that will bring us out of the quagmire we put ourselves. It is important that religious and traditional rulers from our various states sit together, so that each and every one of us will talk freely for us to articulate a position as the way out of this problem we find ourselves.

“We northerners have put ourselves in a quagmire, because whatever that is happening in the North is our own doing. This was because we did not do what we are supposed to do. And since we know that, we have to solve our problems ourselves. So, I think, it is not a bad idea that the committee was set up,” he said.

Speaking on the efforts of to bring peace to the country, the Sultan said. “We wrote a memo of about nine pages or thereabout covering various issues affecting the country and the north in particular to the then Acting President and now President Goodluck Jonathan, through the Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC) where we suggested solutions to the problems.’’

In his own remarks, the Catholic Bishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, attributed the security challenges facing the North and the country in general to high level of poverty in the country and the region in particular.

Onaiyekan further said that another aspect of the problem was associated with religion, saying that, bad image of the country has spread to the outside world and there was need for the stakeholders to address the issue with a view to putting a permanent end to the problems.