By Isaac Garba, Plateau
The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, has decried the political connotation of the accusations leveled against the Fulani herdsmen, saying it is a misplaced judgment, as criminals could hide under different guise to perpetuate havoc in the country.
Sultan Abubakar made this remark when he hosted religious leaders, media practitioners and security agencies at his palace yesterday.
The Royal Father said: “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 and tribal toga to any act of terrorism.”
He added that Fulani herdsmen are only after their cattle and not after any government or its policies and programmes, asking “how can they carry weapons?”
The Sultan also made the observation, that Muslims feel more marginalized in the country only that they were not complaining ”when there is a vacant position in the government and a Hausa man is appointed, we call it northernization and when a Muslim leader visits an Islamic country, we say he is trying to Islamize Nigeria.”
Sa’ad Abubakar further said: ” infact there are people from other tribes and religions occupying other offices, and we witnessed Christian leaders who have visited other countries and nobody have said they were trying to Christianize the country.”
The Monarch advised political leaders and the elites in the society to stop inciting innocent people against their neighbours; he urged all Nigerians to earnestly pray for peace unity and prosperity.
He used the occasion to advise Muslim Faithfull all over the world to look towards the end of the Ramadan fasting period.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, headed by the Sultan, urges all Muslims to search for the crescent of the new moon, adding that when the moon is sighted, this marks the end of the Ramadan fasting period, and hence the Eid-el Fitr celebration is commenced.