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Sultan of Sokoto marks decade at helm

02 November 2016, 21:30

Lagos - Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has applauded the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, for his contributions to unity, peace and development of the country.

The well wishes came on Wednesday as the monarch, who is also President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), marked his first decade on the throne.

In a congratulatory message to Northern Nigeria’s most eminent monarch and spiritual leader of the country’s Muslims, Bello described the ten years reign of the Sultan as filled with immeasurable activities, challenges and overwhelming success.

Also read: Sultan of Sokoto announces Monday, Sept.12 as Eid el-Kabir Day 

He said the Sultan had been able to bring hope and understanding where despair, desperation and uncertainty had taken hold, citing the many initiatives and efforts made by the monarch to counter negative perception and reduce influence of ethno-religious influence in Nigeria through various fora including inviting international Joint Muslim-Christian Delegation to Nigeria.

“The Sultan’s reign has brought unity and peaceful co-existence and greatly reduced mutual suspicion and tension amongst people from different religious and ethnic divide,” said Bello.

He said Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III had enhanced and sustained the status of the throne and wielded influence that transcends the country’s borders.

“These efforts has earned the Sultan national and international recognition including joint nomination with Cardinal  John Onayekan for Nobel  Peace Prize in recognition of their peace-building roles ,” the Governor stated.

Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, was a serving  Brigadier General of  the Armoured Corps, Nigerian Army, when he was recalled to take office as the 20th Sultan on November 2, 2006.

This followed the  demise of his  brother, Muhammadu Maccido, in an airline crash in Abuja. 

 

 

 

 

- CAJ News

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