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.
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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
“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
“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