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Crises: Sultan urges Nigerians to turn to God

SOKOTO – The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to turn to God in finding solutions to some of the recurring problems in the country.

The Sultan made the call in Sokoto on Sunday at a one-day seminar on “The Position of Islam on Begging.’’

The seminar was organised by the Sokoto State Zakat and Endowment Committee, in collaboration with the state’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Abubakar said “we must turn to God and pray fervently for God to intervene in the affairs of Nigeria.

“Turning to God and living our lives according to religious injunctions are the only ways out of the current quagmire in the nation.

“We should also have a sense of pity toward our less privileged brothers and sisters.’’

The Sultan also stressed the need for social justice, equity and fairness in the affairs of the country.

He advised clerics to shun materialism, bigotry and ceaseless power seeking, adding that “clerics should also shun all forms of provocative preaching and guide their followers aright.’’

He commended Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State for putting emphasis on the growth and development of Islam.

He added that “Gov. Aliyu Wamakko has also ensured that good governance and efficient service delivery are the main thrust of his seven-year-old administration.

“This has happily made the state to remain peaceful, united and home to all, irrespective of our diverse religious, political and ethnic differences.’’ (NAN)