SOKOTO – The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Monday said traditional rulers and politicians were partners in progress and not enemies or competitors.
Abubakar said this when the new Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, paid him a courtesy call in Sokoto..
“Politicians and traditional rulers should avoid unnecessary acrimony and bickering to the detriment of the people.
“Rather, we should team up to improve the lives of the people, as we are all leaders who have been entrusted with various leadership roles,” he said.
“Nigerians are now in dire need of the support and assistance of the leaders and we should not waver in doing so.
“Leadership is crucial in Islam and it is a trust that we will account for before the Almighty Allah,” he said.
Abubakar urged Sanusi to be grateful to Allah for making him an Emir , saying,“ Allah gives and takes leadership.”
He promised that traditional rulers would continue to conduct themselves as ordained by Allah in line with the Islamic injunctions.
He also pledged to continue to extend the hands of friendship to Sanusi, just as it was done during the reign of late Ado Bayero.
Earlier, Sanusi had told the sultan that he was at his palace to pay homage and respect in line with the tradition of Kano Emirate for centuries.
“I am also here to condole you over the demise of late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, and pray for the repose of his soul.
“We must also commend the sultan for his sterling leadership roles in Nigeria and abroad,” Sanusi said.( NAN)