Sultan blames agitations on past unpunished impunity

Sultan blames agitations on past unpunished impunity

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has blamed the on-going agitations nationwide, on the rot in the Nigerian system.

The top traditional ruler said, in the past, a lot of things was done by some people with impunity and they got away with them.

The Sultan, who made the observation, while receiving Sallah homage from Governor Nyesom Wike, at his palace in Sokoto, canvass for a dialogue, to resolve the misunderstandings and problems in the country.

The Sultan said, “In the past, a lot of things were done by some people with impunity and nothing was done. That is why you find lack of good governance now weighing us down now in the country. However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw away.”
Abubakar stressed the need to use dialogue to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.
The royal father said Nigerians should sit together, brainstorm, look at what went wrong, retrace our steps and move forward.
The Sultan also appealed to statesmen in the nation to intervene and assist in this direction.
According to the monarch, “We are not short of statesmen across the country and they should help in championing the dialogue. We should not allow sentiments to rule our heads. Nigeria is a very big and lucky country and we have no any other nation we can call our own.
“We should love one another irrespective of any religious, ethnic or cultural differences,” Abubakar added.

Responding, Governor Wike said, people and government of Rivers State believe in the indivisibility of Nigeria.

Instead of the break up of Nigeria, Wike told the Sultan, there are better ways of solving the problems causing agitations in the country.

Wike said, “Rivers State and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand. In Sokoto, we have a father in the Sultan. In fact, he is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in this country and beyond.
“I have also been friends with Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal before his emergence as a Speaker of the House of Representatives and this will be sustained despite the fact that we belong to different political parties.”

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