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Buhari Gives Verdict On Restructuring, Devolution Of Power
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Buhari Gives Verdict On Restructuring, Devolution Of Power

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that true federalism and devolution of powers were issues requiring a constitutional amendment. According to the President, the demands for restructuring, state police and others should be directed to the National Assembly. He said this while hosting members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), led by the Co-Chairmen, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He said the National Assembly had already gone far with the required amendments to sections of the Constitution, adding that his position on devolving more power to the people had not changed. According to a statement issued by his Spec...
Journalists barred from State-Of-Nation parley in Abuja
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Journalists barred from State-Of-Nation parley in Abuja

A high-profile meeting on the “state of the nation” has been convened by a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. Journalists were however barred from the meeting which former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd); Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Emeritus Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan; President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dr. Samson Ayokunle; a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Aliyu Gusau (retd) and a former Attorney General of the Federal (AGF), Kanu Agabi (SAN) and many others attended. The nine-hour marathon meeting held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja started 11.00 am and ended 8.15 pm with two breaks for prayers and meals. According to Daily Trust, Security operatives at the ven...
Constitution Review: Sultan of Sokoto calls for unrestricted usage of hijab
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Constitution Review: Sultan of Sokoto calls for unrestricted usage of hijab

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called for use of Hijab by Muslim women without restrictions and in total observance of the freedom of religion in the country. The monarch made the call on Tuesday June 1, at the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitution Review organised by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara in Birnin Kebbi. Abubakar who is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), asked why the wearing of the Hijab would be a problem for others who were not using it. He also said other religions should be encouraged to adopt what their religions order them to do. The Sultan said “The most important issue is the issue of religion. Almighty God created us to worship...
Ramadan will end on Wednesday, NASRDA says
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Ramadan will end on Wednesday, NASRDA says

The National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) has said the appearance of the next astronomical lunar crescent, which signifies the end of fasting month of Ramadan, is on Wednesday, 12 May 2021. If this occurs as predicted by the Nigerian space agency, Eid Fitri festival, which comes a day after the end of Ramadan, will be celebrated by Nigerian Muslims on Thursday. This is, however, subject to approval and announcement by the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), which is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. NASRDA in a statement by its spokesman, Dr Felix Ale, on Monday, said from its calculations, the agency found out that the conjunction of the moon will occur at about 8:00pm on Tuesday 11 May 2021; while the first astronomical lu...
‘Document Shows How Pantami Plotted Assassination Of Former Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa’ – Peoples Gazette
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‘Document Shows How Pantami Plotted Assassination Of Former Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa’ – Peoples Gazette

A document has been uncovered which showed how President Muhammadu Buhari’s communication minister Isa Pantami and other Muslim leaders plotted to assassinate former Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa. It was unclear whether the conclusion of the Muslim leaders was responsible for the helicopter crash that killed Mr Yakowa, and the minister did not immediately return a request seeking comments from Peoples Gazette on Wednesday night. Mr Yakowa was the first Christian governor of Kaduna, which is divided between Muslim and Christians, although with a mostly Muslim population. Mr Pantami chaired the July 13, 2010, meeting of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), a foremost Islamic body led by Sultan of Sokoto Sa’ad Abubakar, where it was agreed that Mr Yakowa and his family must be elim...
Look out for Crescent of Ramadan From Monday – Sultan of Sokoto Tells Muslims
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Look out for Crescent of Ramadan From Monday – Sultan of Sokoto Tells Muslims

Muslim Ummah have been directed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III to look out for the crescent (moon) of Ramadan 1442AH from Monday April 12. In a statement issued by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto on Sunday April 11, the Sultan said Muslims should report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward communication to the Sultan. The statement read; “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Monday, April 12, which is equivalent to the 29th day of Sha’aban 1442AH shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1442AH. “Muslim are, therefore, requested to start looking for the crescent moon on Monday and report its sighting to the nearest District or Village Head for onward ...
Buhari Meets Ooni, Sultan, Other Monarchs In Aso Villa
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Buhari Meets Ooni, Sultan, Other Monarchs In Aso Villa

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has received in audience the National Council of Traditional Rulers at the State House in Abuja on Thursday. This was disclosed by presidential aide, Buhari Sallau, who also shared photos from the meeting. “President @MBuhari receives in audience National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria in State House on 11th Mar 2021,” Sallau captioned the photos on Twitter. Present at the meeting is the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar III; the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, and other prominent monarchs.
War Is Not Something Nigerians Should Wish For – Sultan Of Sokoto
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War Is Not Something Nigerians Should Wish For – Sultan Of Sokoto

The Sultan, who spoke in a statement, also blamed government's inaction and unregulated statements on the social media as responsible for the avoidable conflicts. According to him, reckless statements from freedom fighters and other citizens have provoked reactions that have led to loss of lives and property over time. The Sultan, who spoke in a statement, also blamed government's inaction and unregulated statements on the social media as responsible for the avoidable conflicts. He called on traditional and religious leaders to educate and restrain followers from fuelling violence with their speeches. The traditional ruler also reiterated calls on the Nigerian government and state governments to act promptly. He said, “Nation building has always been a slow and painstaki...
Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents
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Insecurity: Buhari Rules Out Amnesty For Bandits, Insurgents

A meeting of the Governors of the 19 Northern States, the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof . Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector -General of Police , Mohammed Adamu , Director General of the Department of State Service , Yusuf Bichi , as well as the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, held in Kaduna on Thursday . The Sultan of Sokoto , Alhaji Saad Abubakar III led traditional rulers from all parts of the north to the meeting which held at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House . Other attendees at the high powered meeting were northern lawmakers from both chambers of the National Assembly represented by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ahmad Idris Wase , who stood in for the Senate President , Ahmad Lawan , ...
Lalong Asks Buhari To Revive Livestock Transformation Plan To Stem Insecurity
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Lalong Asks Buhari To Revive Livestock Transformation Plan To Stem Insecurity

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), in order to stem security challenges arising from recurring clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country. On the same day, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, charged the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to ensure their members respect the constituted authorities in any location they find themselves in the country. Governor Lalong, who addressed reporters after a meeting with President Buhari, said the consultation centred on the imperatives of reviving the NLTP plan as soon as possible. Lalong, who also doubles as Chairman of Northern Governors Forum (NGF), said the implementat...
Seven Out Of Every Ten Kidnappers Arrested Are Fulani – Sultan Of Sokoto
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Seven Out Of Every Ten Kidnappers Arrested Are Fulani – Sultan Of Sokoto

However, the monarch said that it was wrong to label all Fulani criminals or use ‘Fulanis herdsmen criminal’ to explain developments. The Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said seven to eight out of every ten kidnappers arrested in Nigeria are Fulani. According to the Nation, Abubakar disclosed this on Friday in Abuja at a meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN). However, the monarch said that it was wrong to label all Fulani criminals or use ‘Fulanis herdsmen criminal’ to explain developments because of the misdeeds of some of them. He said, “I am a Fulani, and I am not a bad man. I am also not a criminal. Those engaged in one forms of crimes or another are across the country. It is not proper to refer to any tribe to descri...
Not All Fulanis Are Criminals – Sultan
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Not All Fulanis Are Criminals – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has rejected the generalization of Fulanis in the country as criminals. He said this on Friday in Abuja at a meeting of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association (MACBAN). The Sultan, who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the MACBAN, said while there are some Fulanis that engaged in criminality, like other tribes and ethnic groups who also engaged in different acts of criminalities, it is wrong to tag all Fulanis as criminals or using ‘Fulanis herdsmen criminal’ to explain developments. The meeting among others was to discuss and proffer solutions to the ongoing challenges facing the Fulani herdsmen nationwide, especially in the wake of the crisis that follow the quit notice by the Ondo State Governor Rotim...
Femi Adesina Insists Security Has Improved Despite Sultan’s Claim
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Femi Adesina Insists Security Has Improved Despite Sultan’s Claim

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, says the security in the North has improved despite a claim by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, that the North had been overrun by bandits. Adesina said the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum, would attest to the fact that security had drastically improved. The President’s aide said this on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’. Adesina had boasted that the Federal Government had been able to tackle insecurity. When confronted with the Sultan’s statement, and if it was not proof that Buhari had failed, Adesina said, “You are using that failure too broadly. You don’t take one, two, three events and then you conclude that it is all failure. “You will get to some other pa...
Insecurity: Northern Elders Hail Sultan For Speaking Truth To Power
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Insecurity: Northern Elders Hail Sultan For Speaking Truth To Power

Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development (CONEPD), has applauded the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, for summoning the courage to voice out on the worsening security situation in the northern part of the country. The Monarch, during the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), had narrated how bandits “go around in the villages, households and markets with their AK 47 rifles, they stop at the market, buy things, pay and collect change, with their weapons openly displayed.” The National Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni and National Women Leader, Hajia Mario Bichi, of CONEPD, in a statement, yesterday pointed out that the utterances of the monarch did not only reflect the true situation of things, but had vindicated them. Goni, appealed to President...
North is the worst place to live in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto
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North is the worst place to live in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has described the North as the worst region to live in Nigeria.   The monarch said this at the 4th Quarter Meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) in Abuja on Thursday November 26.   On scrapping of controversial police unit SARS, the Sultan said;   “We must obey all laws, if we are not law abiding. We have heard people calling for the scrapping of SARS, the President has done that and we later said, bring police back. We cannot do without the Police; we cannot do without our security agencies. No matter bad the security agencies are, there are still excellent officers. “What we need to do is to fish out the bad ...
Sultan Petitions IGP, DSS To Interrogate Bishop Onah Over Attacks On Muslims In South-East
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Sultan Petitions IGP, DSS To Interrogate Bishop Onah Over Attacks On Muslims In South-East

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, and the Department of State Services, alleging that Bishop Godfrey Onah of Nsukka Catholic Diocese instigated the recent attacks on Muslims in the South-East and South-South regions. NSCIA, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Sa’ad Abubakar III, told the IGP that it possessed evidence which indicted the Catholic Bishop in last Saturday’s assault on Muslims in Nsukka, Enugu State. The apex Muslim body, specifically alleged that some Christian bigots attacked Muslims in Nsukka and burnt their Mosque following a sermon delivered by Bishop Onah. The Sultan explained that the attacks intensified following his appeal to the security agencies on ...
Insecurity: Nigerians Have Right To Talk, Sultan Of Sokoto Tells FG
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Insecurity: Nigerians Have Right To Talk, Sultan Of Sokoto Tells FG

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday told the Federal Government that Nigerians have a right to express their feelings over the spate of killings in the country, especially in the north. The JNI also blasted security agencies over what he described as lackadaisical attitude in the fight against terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country, saying they seemed to be overwhelmed by the problem. Its statement came against the backdrop of attacks on the convener of Northern Elders Forum, Prof. Ango Abdullahi and some Arewa youth groups who expressed reservations over government’s inability to stop the orgy of killings in the north earlier this week. JNI said: JNI’s position was contained in a ...
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“Lets Observe Eid-El-Fitri Prayers At Home” – Sultan Of Sokoto Tells Muslims Again

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has asked Nigerian Muslims to observe the congregational prayers for this year’s Eid-el-Fitri in their homes. This year’s Eid-el-Fitri to mark the end of the Ramadan amid coronavirus outbreak is slated for Saturday or Sunday and the Sultan had urged Muslims to look out for the sighting of the moon. Abubakar, who is the leader of Nigerian Muslims, also suspended all prayers, gatherings in the outskirts of towns and cities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Sultan, who spoke through the JNI Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, in a statement in Kaduna, however, noted that in states where government had reached decision to mark the Eid-el-Fitri, Muslims should observe social dista...
Sultan Of Sokoto Ask Muslims To Look Out For New Moon
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Sultan Of Sokoto Ask Muslims To Look Out For New Moon

Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar on Thursday directed Muslims to look out for the new moon of Shawwal 1441 AH from Friday May 22. “This is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Friday, May 22, 2020, which is equivalent to 29th day of Ramadan 1441 AH, shall be the day to look out for the new moon of Shawwal 1441 AH,” he stated. This was contained in a statement signed by Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto, Prof. Sambo Junaidu. “Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking out for the new moon and to report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the sultan,” the statement urged. Meanwhile, Sultan has directed Sokoto District Heads, Village Heads and Imams of Juma’at Mosques to lead Eid-al-fitr prayers...
Nigeria To Begin Ramadan On Friday, Sultan Announces
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Nigeria To Begin Ramadan On Friday, Sultan Announces

Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has announced that Ramadan will start on Friday. The NSCIA President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, announced this on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan also starts on Friday in Saudi Arabia and most Arab countries. Other Arab countries who have also announced that Ramadan will start on Friday include Kuwait, Qatar, Tunisia, Lebanon, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Iraq’s Sunni Muslim minority. The Gulf sultanate of Oman announced the crescent was not spotted, thus Ramadan will begin on Saturday. During Ramadan, Muslims have to abstain from eating, drinking and smoking from dawn to sunset. Though Muslims also mark the month by performing special evening prayers, known as th...
No Ramadan Lectures, Congregational Prayers This Year, Sultan Announces
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No Ramadan Lectures, Congregational Prayers This Year, Sultan Announces

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has declared that, there will be no Ramadan lecture sessions and congregation prayers in Mosques for this year’s Ramadan exercise. The Sultan told Nigerian Muslims that, this year’s Ramadan is one with a difference, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, hence everyone should pray at home with their families, as Muslims cannot afford to be reckless with their lives. Sultan in a statement issued through the Secretary-General of JNI, Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, therefore, recommended that Muslim faithful should in addition to recitation of the Holy Qur’an, listen to Ramadan lecture through internet and other virtual means. While noting that, most Muslim countries have unanimou...
Easter: Sultan Urges Christians To Work With Muslims To End Insecurity
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Easter: Sultan Urges Christians To Work With Muslims To End Insecurity

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged Christians and Muslims to work harmoniously in Nigeria. Abubakar said they should collaborate in bringing an end to insecurity, intolerance, corruption and other ills in Nigeria. He made the appeal in his Easter message to Christians, yesterday and was contained in a statement signed by NSCIA Director of Administration,Yusuf Nwoha. The monarch also lamented that the Coronavirus pandemic was affecting religious worship. “As people of faith, we’re conscious of the importance of Easter in the lives of Christians, especially as it symbolises rebirth, renewal and re-awakening. “The significance of Easter cannot even be more compelling than now th...
There is no Persecution of Christians in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto Insists
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There is no Persecution of Christians in Nigeria – Sultan of Sokoto Insists

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar has denied claims made by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other Christian religious leaders about the persecution of Christians in the country, especially in the northern region. Reacting to the recent prayer protests by CAN and Catholic Bishops against an alleged campaign by state and non-state actors to eliminate Christians in northern Nigeria at the first quarterly meeting of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday March 12, the Sultan of Sokoto maintained that there is no religious persecution in the country. He also urged religious leaders not to allow terrorists bring division across the country. Sa’ad Abubakar said; “It pains me when we gather at NIREC or other meetings and agree on meas...
Boko Haram: God Uses Insurgency To Punish You For Sins Against Igbo – Ohanaeze Tells Northerners
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Boko Haram: God Uses Insurgency To Punish You For Sins Against Igbo – Ohanaeze Tells Northerners

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has said that the insurgency ravaging the North East is a reward of the sins committed against the Igbo 50 years ago by the North during the civil war. The OYC also hailed the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who yesterday said that God was using the insurgency to punish Nigerians for their Sins. OYC position was contained in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST on Friday by its President-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro and its Secretary-General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike. “OYC insists that why insurgents are ravaging the North is based on the sins committed against Igbos 50 years ago during the BIAFRA war by mostly Northern Military leaders,” the group said. The group maintained that Northern leaders witnessed ...
Insurgency is Part of God’s Punishment to Nigerians for our Sins– Sultan of Sokoto Says
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Insurgency is Part of God’s Punishment to Nigerians for our Sins– Sultan of Sokoto Says

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has said that the insurgency ravaging the country is God's way of punishing Nigerians for disobeying his words. DailyTrust reports that the monarch said this when he spoke at the 5th International Conference on “Love and Tolerance: Countering Violent Extremism for Peaceful Coexistence” in Abuja. The Sultan, who was represented by the Emir of Jiwa, Dr. Idris Musa, said Nigerians were living in sin and have refused to abide by the teachings of the Quran and the Bible. He expressed dismay over the spate of insecurity in the country, lamenting that it had got to a stage where the rich were avoiding the poor. “The security challenge is our problem. The Holy Quran is a message to mankind. The Hoy Bible is a message to mankind. If w...
Why Northern Emirs Admire Osinbajo By David Omoruyi
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Why Northern Emirs Admire Osinbajo By David Omoruyi

There is a peculiar but heartwarming trend that continually plays out in Nigeria every time the Emirs and other traditional rulers in the North have the opportunity to host VP Yemi Osinbajo on his numerous official visits. These royal fathers from the predominantly Muslim Northern region are usually so enamored with a Christian pastor from the South West of Nigeria and this is for no other reason than Prof. Osinbajo being the most hardworking VP we have ever had the opportunity to see as a nation. Their admiration is usually very public and effusive; hence they can never be misquoted or misinterpreted, even by the most mischievous of reporters. The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III openly praised Osinbajo on the 29th of November, 2019, at the General Assembly of N...
Nigerian Masses In Difficult Times – Sa’ad Abubakar
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Nigerian Masses In Difficult Times – Sa’ad Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday urged Nigerian leaders to do more in order to take the country out of its present challenges, saying citizens of the country are going through difficult times. He spoke at the 45th anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, in Zaria, Kaduna State. He said: “We are here to pray for the emir for good end and reward from Allah for the leadership he provided not only for the Zazzau Emirate, but the entire country. We are therefore grateful to our clerics for reminding us of the divine instruction of turning back to Allah in any difficult situation. We take solace in these reminders. They are our source of relief. “We are calling on our leaders to sympathise more with the masses. Everyone knows that we are in difficul...
Sultan of Sokoto Faults Launch of New Security Outfit for the North Operation SheGe Ka Fasa
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Sultan of Sokoto Faults Launch of New Security Outfit for the North Operation SheGe Ka Fasa

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has distanced himself from the newly created security outfit for the Northern region, Operation Shege Ka Fasa, adding that if the increasing number of orphans created by insurgency are not attended to, something worse than Boko Haram may emerge in Nigeria. Recall that on Wednesday February 5th, the Coalition of Northern Groups (CNGs) unveiled the new security outfit. According to the spokesperson of the group, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, the formation of the security outfit became neccessary following the spread of insurgency from the North-East region in 2008 to other parts of the Northern region. Shege Ka Fasa was established barely a month after governors of the South West inaugurated Amotekun, a security outfit meant to attend to the security ch...
Sultan Rubbishes “Operation Shege Ka Fasa” Outfit
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Sultan Rubbishes “Operation Shege Ka Fasa” Outfit

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ ad Abubakar, on Thursday blamed the northern elites for allowing some youths to float “ what they called Operation Shege Ka Fasa .” He urged the regional leaders to caution the youths. The Sultan spoke at a Northern Security Meeting in Kaduna on Thursday. The Coalition of Northern Groups had unveiled the symbol of the security outfit on Wednesday in Kaduna. Sultan said , “ I saw it on the television, and the media gave them attention . Now , the elders allowed these youths to go forward . So, the elites are our problems , the elders are our problems. If the elders don’ t take the lead, the youth will do whatever they like and think they are right . You have to caution these youths by giving them good leadership. “ Now , they have launched their own...
State Of Nation: We’re Being Cowed Into Silence — Sultan
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State Of Nation: We’re Being Cowed Into Silence — Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, says traditional and religious leaders that are supposed to hold the nation’s political leaders to account are being cowed into silence. He spoke in Abuja yesterday at this year’s Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace Third Annual General Assembly and Peace Conference, with the theme: “Interreligious Dialogue: Strengthening the Culture of Peace, Justice and Reconciliation”. He said: “Whoever that takes life whether Christian or Muslim is a criminal and should be treated as such. Everything I heard today is hegemonic. The traditional and religious leaders that are supposed to hold political leaders to account for the people are being muscled into silence....
Almajiris Aren’t Criminals But Victims Of Parental Neglect – Sultan Of Sokoto
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Almajiris Aren’t Criminals But Victims Of Parental Neglect – Sultan Of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Saad Abubakar, on Sunday said Almajiris are not criminals but victims of neglect by their parents. He disclosed this in Minna, Niger state capital, while responding on behalf of one hundred individuals and Non-Governmental Organisations who were honoured by the Islamic Education Trust (IET) for the roles they played in ensuring peaceful coexistence in the country. The monarch, represented by the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said the Almajiris parents who neglected them will render account of their actions here on earth before Allah in the hereafter. He however noted that to address the phenomenon, there is need for holistic approach which would accommodate how to overcome the challenge of distance between the children and education. emp...
CAN Replies Buhari & Sultan Of Sokoto On Religious Persecution
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CAN Replies Buhari & Sultan Of Sokoto On Religious Persecution

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has stated that it will stop complaining about religious persecution in the country only when all Nigerians perceive that the rule of law, fairness, and social justice are allowed in the country. This was stated in a press release by its National Director, Legal and Public Affairs, Evang. Kwamkur Samuel, on Saturday, in Abuja. This comes after President Buhari appealed to Nigerians not to allow terrorists divide the country along religious lines. CAN added that discriminatory policies of government not only ran foul of democratic norms but were a form of persecution. The body called on President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the Constitution to guide his administration in all its policies and operations. The press release reads, “The coun...
Muslims Will Not Be Provoked To Take Up Arms To Fight – Sultan
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Muslims Will Not Be Provoked To Take Up Arms To Fight – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday called for continued dialogues over issues of religion in the country. He said making public comments do not help but aggravate the issues, assuring that Muslims in the country are good people who would not be provoked to take up arms against anybody. The Muslim leader spoke at the opening of the 34th National Qur’an Recitation Competition organized by the Musabaqah Foundation for Quranic Recitation in Nigeria/Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in collaboration with the Muslim Community of Lagos State. In attendance were the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu; his Deputy, Obafemi Hamza...
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Disobedience To Court Order, Recipe For Lawlessness, Chao – Sultan Of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has warned that disobedience to any court order is a recipe for lawlessness and chaos. In a veiled reference to the arrest of the #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore by the Department of State Services in violation of a court order, Abubakar stated that “everyone must be law-abiding in the interest of national development.” He gave the warning on Thursday in Abuja at the 2019 fourth quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council with the theme: ‘Religion and Civil Authorities in Dialogue for Nation-Building.’ The monarch said, “We must regularly obey and respect the laws of our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a cou...
Afe Babalola University Honours Bola Tinubu With Doctorate Degree (Photos)
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Afe Babalola University Honours Bola Tinubu With Doctorate Degree (Photos)

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and others today attended the conferment of Doctor of Public Administration (Honoris Causa) on the National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 7th Convocation of Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State. The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Saad Abubakar was honoured with honorary doctorate degree.Sultan of Sokoto caused a stir at Afe Babalola University, Convocation ceremony when he asked the Jagaban,  Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “To speak for me and other Emirs from the North here present because whatever he says is from us.
Islamic New Year: Sokoto Government Declares Monday Public Holiday
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Islamic New Year: Sokoto Government Declares Monday Public Holiday

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has declared Monday, September 2, 2019 as public holiday to mark the Islamic New Year. In a statement obtained by us signed by Abubakar Shekara, Media Aide to the governor, he said the holiday was to allow Muslim faithful in the state mark the Islamic New Year which began last Saturday. “Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal enjoins the people to seize the opportunity to pray for peace and the security of Sokoto state and Nigeria as a whole”, the statement partly read. Governor Tambuwal wished the people of Sokoto, especially Muslim faithful, happy and prosperous Islamic new year. Meanwhile, we earlier reported that the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II, declared today, Sept. 1 as the first day of Muharram, the first Islamic lunar month. ...
Photos Of President Buhari With Emir Sanusi
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Photos Of President Buhari With Emir Sanusi

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday hosted traditional rulers in Northern part of the country at the presidential villa. The meeting which centered on insecurity in the region, had some state governors and service chiefs in attendance. Among the traditional rulers who attended the presidential treat include the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II. Sanusi and his state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has been at loggerhead on allegations that the former worked against the re-election of the latter in the Kano State 2019 election. Although, a presidential panel set up by the president had reportedly settled the duo, but Ganduje appears to still hold grudges against the Emir and second most respected ruler in the North. Recently, the governor ordered Kano distri...
Sultan, Others Should Guarantee El-zakzaky’s Release – Shehu Sani
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Sultan, Others Should Guarantee El-zakzaky’s Release – Shehu Sani

Former Senator Shehu Sani has urged the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, and other prominent Islamic leaders to ensure the release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife. Sani told journalists on Sunday that the proscription of the group would worsen the crisis. He said: “The solutions to IMN problem, in my personal opinion, are four. The first is that the Sultan of Sokoto and other religious leaders should provide guarantee to the Federal Government on which the leader of the IMN would be released to them. Secondly, the IMN should stop all forms of protest, whether peaceful or violent. “The third aspect of it: the government should move towards addressing the problems of their members who were killed and their homes that w...
Buhari Condemns Sokoto Killings, Plans New Security Measures
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Buhari Condemns Sokoto Killings, Plans New Security Measures

President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the killing of 37 persons by bandits in Goronyo Local Government Area of Sokoto State. Commiserating with the victims of the attacks, the government and people of Sokoto State, the President vowed to respond fiercely against “these brutal and remorseless enemies of humanity.” “This frequent and large scale killings of poor villagers by gangs of mass murderers must be met with the fiercest force the government can mobilise,” Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, quoted the President as saying. He announced that troops had been deployed to the affected areas and aerial security measures put in place. “The Police commissioner as well as the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar I...
Eid-l-fitri 2019: Sultan Orders Search For The New Crescent On Monday’s Night
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Eid-l-fitri 2019: Sultan Orders Search For The New Crescent On Monday’s Night

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, felicitates with the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and all over the world on this year’s Ramadan Fast. The Council prays that the Almighty Allah accept it from us as an act of Ibadah. Amin. Following the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Shawwal 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, June 3, 2019 equivalent to Ramadan 29, 1440 AH. If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Tuesday, June 4, 2019 as the first day of Shawwal and the...
Details Of Buhari’s Meeting With Tinubu, Sultan Of Sokoto In Saudi Arabia Emerge
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Details Of Buhari’s Meeting With Tinubu, Sultan Of Sokoto In Saudi Arabia Emerge

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday met with a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. We learnt that the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, was also in attendance. According to a statement issued by Mallam Garba Shehu, Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Publicity, Tinubu “appealed to elderly Nigerians to avoid inflammatory statements, that could undermine peaceful co-existence among the nation’s diverse communities”. Igbere TV reports that the former Lagos governor spoke after an Iftar dinner with President Buhari, along with the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu. Full Statement, “With inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a se...
President Buhari, Tinubu meet in Saudi Arabia
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President Buhari, Tinubu meet in Saudi Arabia

President Muhammadu Buhari and the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on Monday met in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Also at a dinner meeting with the duo were Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu.  
Buhari Greets Nigerians On Commencement Of Ramadan
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Buhari Greets Nigerians On Commencement Of Ramadan

President Buhari has sent his greetings to Nigerians and Muslims, at the commencement of the month-long Ramadan fast.Recall that the Sultan of Sokoto on Sunday night declared Monday as the first day of Ramadan fast in Nigeria, after the crescent moon heralding the Islamic month of Ramadan was seen in several states. He said the new moon was sighted in various places across the country which indicates that Sunday is the end of 8th Islamic month of Sha’aban. The Sultan said that reports of the moon sighting were received from Muslim leaders and organisations across the country. President Buhari who sent his greetings to Muslims and Nigerians at the commencement of the Ramadan fast, called for the continued peace, progress and prosperity of the country. President Buhari according to a ...
Ramadan: Prof. Is-haq Oloyede Announces The Sight Of The Moon
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Ramadan: Prof. Is-haq Oloyede Announces The Sight Of The Moon

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has confirmed the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan in some states in Nigeria. Oloyede said the formal announcement of the commencement of 2019 Ramadan fast will be made later tonight by His Eminence, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. The NSCIA scribe confirmed the sighting of the moon in Sokoto, Kebbi and Yobe states and wish the Muslims happy Ramadan fast
Ramadan 2019: NSCIA Releases 30 Contact Details For Moon-sighting Notice
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Ramadan 2019: NSCIA Releases 30 Contact Details For Moon-sighting Notice

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has released the statement below, detailing modalities for the sighting of the new moon to signal the commencement of this year’s Ramadan fast. The statement also detailed the contact telephone and email addresses of 30 personalities across the country that should be contacted by anyone who sights the new crescent. “Consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), the President-General (Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Saad) enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1440 AH immediately after sunset on Sunday, May 5, 2019 equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1440 AH. “If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, His Eminence would declare Monday, May 6...
Ramadan: Sultan Directs Muslims To Look For New Moon
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Ramadan: Sultan Directs Muslims To Look For New Moon

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Saturday called on Muslims to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1440A.H. Abubakar made the call in a statement by Prof. Sambo Junaidu, the Chairman, Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs, Sultanate Council, Sokoto. Junaidu said “this is to inform the Muslim Ummah that Sunday, May 5, which is equivalent to 29 days of Sha’aban 1440A.H., shall be the day to look for the new moon of Ramadan 1440A.H. “Muslims are, therefore, requested to start looking for the new moon of Ramadan 1440AH on Sunday and report its sighting to the nearest district or village head for onward communication to the Sultan.” The monarch prayed to Allah to help religious leaders and all Muslims in the discharge of their religious duties. He further said t...
Sultan Of Sokoto, Oni Of Ife, Obi Of Onitsha, Obong Of Calabar In Imo For Summit
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Sultan Of Sokoto, Oni Of Ife, Obi Of Onitsha, Obong Of Calabar In Imo For Summit

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Saidi Abubakar, Oni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Emiton Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty Prof. Alfred Achebe, Obong of Calabar, His Eminence Ediden Ekpo Okon Abasi, Etsu of Nupe, HRH Alhaji Valiya Abubakar, and other eminent Traditional Rulers across the nation meet in Owerri, Imo State Capital for post-election peace Summit on the platform of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria. The traditional rulers who arrived Owerri for the august Summit fixed for Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the Palatial Eze Imo’s Palace Owerri had paid Courtesy Call on Governor Rochas Okorocha at the Government House Owerri, with the governor explaining why his opponents always misinterpret his firm belief in the Unity of the...

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