BENIN CITY – The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’Ad Abubakar III, has urged Muslims and Christians faithful in the country to respect each other belief, saying no one should be forced against his will to accept either Christianity or Islam.
Sultan represented by the Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, who stated this yesterday at Auchi, Edo state during the Auchi Day Celebration, said there is no compulsion in religion.
” Muslims should seek for knowledge so as to understand the reality of situation and know how to tackle ugly phenomenon. It is unfortunate that Islamic faithful misconstrued other knowledge, Islam knowledge is supreme and good since it help us to understand what is demand of us,”.
He lamented that half-baked preachers of both religious are causing disaffection in the country through their preaching, noting that they are preaching provocation which is totally unacceptable in Islam.
The Sultan therefore called on Islamic clerics and preachers not to relent in the inculcation of Islamic knowledge and of culture of peace, tolerance and non violence to faithfuls despite the denominational differences and challenges.
Speaking further, he urged Nigerians to support the federal government in the fight against insecurity and corruption for the betterment of the nation because we will all account for our deed.
On the 2019 election, the Sultan urged Nigerians to shun electoral malpractice and other barbaric acts and vote wisely for the person of their choice.
” I urged you to bury all unnecessary upheavals amongst ourselves and do what will unite us as a country than divide us and do the will of Allah We must forgive and Allah will forgive us, he said.
Also speaking the state governor, Godwin Obaseki, represented by his deputy, Philip Shuibu, commended the Otaru of Auchi, Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III, for the moral rearmament of his subjects through the cultural day celebration and called for it sustenance.
He said the state government believe in the supremacy of God which explains why the government is doing the will of the people who voted it into power.
He disclosed the government will reconstruct 214 schools with one at least in every ward to ensure even development of the state.
In his speech, the Otaru of Auch, said they use the Auchi day to celebrate God and encourage children on the part of Islam and memorisation of the Holy Quran.