The Oasis Reporters
September 16, 2017
The head of the Nigerian Muslim community and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has urged all imams and Islamic clerics in all mosques nationwide to preach peace in their sermons with a view to dousing the tension in the country.
He made the call on Friday at a press conference in Kaduna as represented by the Secretary General of Jaamatul Nasir Islam (JNI), Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
In it, the Sultan said what Nigeria needs now is for it’s citizens to unite and team up with the government to address the economic challenges facing the nation.
He called for calm making reference to the faceoff between the military and supporters of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) saying that while every Nigerian has the right to protest, it must be done within the ambit of the law.
On the increasing rate of hate speeches in the country, the Sultan urged the federal government to hasten the passage of anti-hate speech law to bring perpetrators to book.
He asked government to rise up to its responsibility by ensuring the safety of Nigerians nationwide and urged parents and leaders in the country to call their youths and children to order.
Currently, northerners living in the south eastern part of Nigeria are panicky, while South easterners resident in the north locked their shops on Friday, fearful of attacks and looting.
Operation Python Dance II currently ongoing in the south eastern region has heightened tension with calls for the withdrawal of the military remaining unheeded.
Additional reporting from The Will
Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar