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Friday, 28 July 2017
Nigeria Will Remain One United Country-- Says Sultan of Sokoto
Sultan of Sokoto and leader of traditional rulers and emirs in the North, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar 111 has said that for north to wrest itself out of poverty, the people must banish lazy attitudes.
The sultan who spoke, yesterday, at the meeting of traditional rulers with the 19 northern governors, said the traditional rulers were committed to making the north, “the end of the rest of the world.” He saidtraditional rulers in the region were committed to peace in the country.
“We have been doing a lot since the threat given by our youths to Igbo to go back to the South East by October 1. We’ve been very proactive in holding so many meetings. We are getting to some where, and at the end of all this discussion, we will emerge much stronger and more united country.“We are very aware of the herdsmen and farmer clashes all over the country; we are glad that it is on the card for us to discuss.”
During our last meeting 6months ago, we spent a lot of time and so many things were discussed.
“But from the earlier discussion, is the North much better? Now than we weresix months ago?If yes, it means we are making progress, and if No, why?
“ All that has been the problem is to implement decisions taken at such meeting by everybody. therefore, I think we are not short of solutions or further recommendations to all our problems , but what we are short of ;all of us is sincerity, commitment to really do what we say publicly and openly .I think if we don’t change, our situation will continue to get worse.
“ I think at this meeting, we need to discuss what came out of the January meeting , how far we have gone in trying to implement some of the decisions we have taken and chart the way forward.“ I will like to also once more remind us, so many of us who are also religious leaders , to caution their utterances against inciting and ambiguous words on issues that shouldn’t have been brought up.
“ What we do or how we go about some of this issues , I think it is important for us as leaders to watch our words . you don’t make ambiguous statement which will be very difficult to withdraw . we are aware of the implications , becausethe social media is so negative now thatpeople formulate stories , that never existed and polish it to be true.”