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“Do not add religious or tribal toga to any act of terrorism” – Sultan of Sokoto tells Nigerians



Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar IIIThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday advised Nigerians to stop attributing religion to anything negative.

According to THISDAY, the monarch was speaking during a dinner organised for religious leaders, security agencies and media practitioners in his palace in Sokoto.

“If criminals are doing bad things, they are criminals and they can be found anywhere in any religion and tribe. Therefore don’t add religious or tribal toga to any act of terrorism.

Fulani men are only after their cattle not after any government or its policies and programmes. How can they carry weapons, to go and do what with it?,” he said.

The Sultan also said that Muslims feel more marginalised in the country but are not complaining.

“When there is a vacant position and a Hausa man is appointed, we called it ‘Northernisation’ and when a Muslim leader visit an Islamic country we say he is trying to Islamise Nigeria.

In fact, there are many people from other religion and tribes occupying other offices and we witness many Christian leaders who have visited Christian countries but nobody said they were planning to ‘Christianise’ the country,” he said.

He said Nigeria is a beautiful country and its people love one another, adding that leaders, particularly elites should desist from inciting innocent people against their neighbours. According to him, the elites are responsible for the challenges bedeviling the country.

“Whenever one loses power, he creates problem, and the masses are always at the receiving end,” he said.

He called on Nigerians to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and for the leaders.

The Sultan also challenged the political leadership to ensure justice for all, saying without justice no society would survive.

He added that a symposium on religious harmony would be organised and that a stakeholders’ meeting would be conducted every six months.


  1. A

    July 4, 2016 at 10:41 am

    Yeah right. Rubbish. You people should just know that our eyes are opening. This is just the beginning, “Sir”

    • Damilola

      July 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Total rubbish. Nigerians are not babies, you can fool yourself but not others. Sultan of Sokoto’s ideology is very dangerous. If you are to preach peace, be honest and realistic, that’s the only way to address problems. Don’t see fire, and claim nothing triggered it. So, It’s just burning by itself? I don’t think so. And it baffles me when Muslims preach opposite but their action says another. You know a man by his action and their action speaks glaringly.

      Terrorism is the act of violence in the name of religion, political gain, tribe and other differences. Muslim terrorists are very clear about their message. The Quran allows killing of non muslims which also applies to the sect of islam where one group considers themselves more muslim than the other. Hence, muslims bombing the hell out of each other due to their own differences. Attack on the West is one to be taken very serious which may eventually lead to religious war.
      Fulani herdsmen slaughtering people in Benue, eastern region, Jos is an ethnic/tribal conflict that should be addressed. They take other people’s land without any consent which is unacceptable but to commit murder of several and not held responsible is ludicrous.

      P.S During this Ramadan period, Buhari and co please pray for wisdom and discernment.

    • na lie

      July 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

      don’t mind this man oh – to the world they say its not religion – but trust me behind closed doors it is different -i have first class experience of it – my best friend is a muslim – at work she was condemning the 9/11 terrorism act – but when she gave me a lift in her var – she was celebrating saying they got them – ono i said for her to drop me at the next corner – i was shocked my friend had those ideas.. ehnnn

  2. Naijababeii

    July 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    K we hear but tell PMB dat everybody is equal in this country call NIGERIA. And to ur herdsmen tell dem too to stay at sambisa forest cos grass d there plenty.

  3. adebisi

    July 4, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Dissapointing speech! So why are IPOB Igbos? Niger Delta Delta militant? OPC yoruba?
    Fulani herdsmen are killers period.

  4. keke driver

    July 4, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Whatever makes you sleep at night, dEAR Emir, cos the last time I checked, your Muslim brothers have been the ones bombing errywhere….*sigh*

  5. FasholasLover

    July 4, 2016 at 11:35 am

    This sultan must be hungry. When is this fasting thing ending? People have been known to talk gibberish when hungry. The herdsmen are certainly not from my part of the country or from Lagos. Evil men everywhere. If the Sultan is this dense, why would his people not kill a woman for refusing that ablution be carried out in front of her shop? When the President will not condemn the very act that is gradually replacing boko haram, why will the herdsmen not be more brazen. One Nigeria indeed!

  6. D Rock

    July 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    The Sultan should be more Statesmanly than he has been quoted,I reason that what is happening in this country affects all therefore he should refrain from putting words that aggravates feelings of Hate towards him.As a former soldier of the Nigerian armed forces, his take should be on the defense of the blood of innocent Nigerians being slaughtered and not in defense of alleged Fulani or Igbo acts.
    By the way he should look at the cry of any section of the country and speak for them and allow others speak for him..he is Fulani of course! He should also know that he is one of those Elites that has kept the direction of Nigeria where it is today- by his action and inaction… The walls of nature is watching!

  7. Gbaam

    July 4, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Go lick soup jare; none of you raised your voices when plateau people, benue people, Taraba and Enugu people were being slaughtered in their own backyard. If Igbo were doing the killings you would convince the whole country it’s Biafra agitation in order to unleash your military to crush them. We are watching you.

  8. Ibe

    July 4, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    It is the terrorist themselves that add religious toga to act of terrorism. The call it “jihad” , a religious war. They keep invoking God’s name by chanting Alla arkba before blowing themselves up. So don’t blame those that tag Islam a terrorist religion, blame the terrorist

  9. DJ

    July 5, 2016 at 2:09 am

    He actually has a point here. There is no mention of ethnicity in Boko Haram, IPOB, Niger Delta Avengers etc. Therefore those killer herdsmen should be referred to as something like – “Militant Herdsmen” etc.

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