The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad
Abubakar, has assured the United States
of America Government that Nigeria will
soon overcome its challenges.
He said that the focus, determination and
patriotic zeal of President Muhammadu
Buhari-led Federal Government was an
indication that within a short period,
Nigeria’s greatness would begin to
manifest soon.
The Sultan was quoted to have said this
while speaking with officials of the White
House community and Religious
Partnership at the end of his four-day visit
to the US on Saturday evening.
A statement issued by a former
Commissioner for Information in Sokoto
State, who was also part of the entourage,
Mallam Danaladi Bako, said that the
Sultan acknowledged the dogged
commitment of the present administration
to improve the quality of life in Nigeria
through drastic reduction and dismantling
of security obstacles and the scourge of
insurgency.
According to the statement, the Sultan was
of the opinion that the sustenance of
peace and justice in the country would
further provide necessary platform for
improved development.
The religious leader was also said to have
said that worship would be threatened in
the absence of peace.
Continuous engagement, he said,
remained a major ingredient and pre-
requisite for good governance in the
leadership’s effort to further unite
Nigerians.
Assuring the White House officials of the
commitment of traditional rulers to
ensuring peace and stability in their
communities, the Sultan was also said to
have called on various aggrieved groups in
Nigeria, to bury the hatchet and work
towards a united and indivisible country.
While stressing the need for peace, he
said that as a retired combatant soldier,
he had a clear knowledge of the impact of
war and crisis on the citizenry as
evidenced by humanitarian crisis
emanating from insurgency, Fulani
herdsmen versus farmers’ clashes and
other communal strife in various parts of
the country.
Responding to questions from the officials,
the Sultan was also quoted as saying that
a non-governmental organisation known as
Sultan Foundation under his leadership,
was established to contribute to the
rehabilitation of the internally displaced
persons suffering from the impact of strife
all over the country.
He was also said to have reminded the
international community that God had a
reason for creating various Nigerian ethnic
groups and people as neighbours and
brothers.
“Therefore, we have a patriotic duty to
work vigorously to not only achieve peace,
but also endeavour to sustain it,” he was
quoted to have said.