The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Friday praised the Federal Government and law enforcement agencies on their collective efforts to sustain peace and development of the country, insisting that Nigeria will remain one nation.
He has therefore called on Nigerians to live in peace with one another and eschew actions capable of threatening peace among various ethnic groups in the country.
According to him, Nigeria will not cease from being one nation with common goal of purposeful developments. He added that the actions of some “few bad ones among us cannot be left to tear the country apart.”
The comment by the sultan which was contained in a statement he issued on Friday in Sokoto through the Sultanate Council Secretary, Alhaji Umar Ladan, is coming on the heels of tension in the polity due to agitations in some parts of the country for separate sovereign states to be carved out of the present Nigeria.
In the recent past the Nigerian Army exercise codenamed “Operation Python Dance 11” in the five eastern states of the country, especially Abia State has heightened the tension with several clashes reported.
There have been alleged reports of human rights abuses by the Nigerian soldiers in Abia State following clashes with the Indigenous People of Biafra group. Although, the army has denied some of those claims.
But the Sultan in the statement appealed to elder statesmen and community leaders in the country to continue harping on the need for peaceful coexistence in Nigeria irrespective of socio-cultural differences.
“Nigeria will continue to remain one nation with common goal of purposeful developments; the acts of some few bad ones among us cannot be left to tear the country apart.
“And those bad ones should be called to order by their elders and community leaders to stop such negative actions. God that brought different tribes of different religions and diverse rich and beautiful cultures to come together to form one country will surely protect its sovereignty”, the Sultan pleaded.
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