“We have problems in this country. Let’s not deceive ourselves, there is friction between Muslims and non Muslims”.
The above was the declaration of Sultan of Sokoto and president, Jama’at Nasril Islam(JNI),Alh Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111 at the opening of a- two day international conference on “Security And Peaceful Co-existence In Nigeria, holding in Ilorin, Kwara state.
The conference is being organised by Kwara state government through the State Arabic Education Board.
The Sarkin Muslim noted that the foundation of our problem is “injustice which leads to bad governance”.|
He added that” we have been having problems in Nigeria because of impunity. The small percentage of criminals in our midst should,however, not be used to label all of us.”
The Sultan, however, said” with proper understanding,we can overcome our problems”.
The foremost monarch said such problems shouldn’t have arisen, giving the fact that over 90 percent of Nigerians are Muslims and Christians and they have a guide.
He said “God did not make a mistake when he created us as Muslims and Christians and made us people of Nigeria”.
The Sultan who decried killing of innocent people in the name of religion, asked religious leaders to stop inciting people against one another through their preaching.
He urged the government to do something about this, adding that anyone who hide under religion to kill innocent people should be sanctioned appropriately.
He added:” Among these two main religions there is no where I found that killing of innocent people are allowed.
“What the terrorists are doing are anti- Islam and they ( those killing innocent people in the name of Jihad)are going straight to hell for committing murder. We know what Islam says we should do and not do. We should understand the doctrine of our religion.
“We should move closer to one another to understand ourselves better. The number of Muslims killed by Boko Haram far outweighs that of Christians. Therefore, the Boko Haram cannot lay claim to being Muslims. In Islam life is sacred”.
On the southern Kaduna crisis, the Sultan expressed optimism that an enduring solution would be found to the problem at a meeting of Governors forum slated for Thursday.
While commending Kwara state government for organising the conference, the Sultan asked Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to reach out to President Muhammadu Buhari and other governors on the outcome of the conference.
He,equally challenged participants at the conference”to come out with a model that will be useful to all parts of the country in crisis prevention and management”.
This, he said become necessary because”there is no state in this country that is not facing a crisis.”
Declaring the conference open, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed noted that Nigeria is facing many security challenges.
He said the conference was designed to proffer solutions to the security challenges facing the country in all fronts.
He noted that the youths who formed the bulk of the nation’s population were disenchanted.
According to the governor, the nation was sitting on a time bomb waiting to explode if the problem of youth unemployment is not tackled.
He harped on the need for the stakeholders to address poverty as a way of reducing youths restiveness; and economic and security problems.
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