Sultan Abubakar cautions against divisive tendencies in the military

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar lll, has called on the Nigerian Army not to allow tribalism into their affairs.

The Sultan noted that such could divide the army and the country at large.

Sultan said this after the founder and executive director, Professor Ishaq Akintola alleged that the Sokoto Emirate Council amendment bill proposed by the Sokoto State was an attempt to weaken the Sultan’s powers.

Speaking on Wednesday after the controversy broke out, Sultan Abubakar said: “You are in the military now and so many things have been geared towards where you come from, who is a Muslim? Who is a Christian? Who is Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba in the country? We never knew these things so many years ago. Please, don’t allow this thing to creep into the army for that would be one thing that would divide the army and even the country.”

The Sultan also cautioned citizens to stop maligning military personnel engaged in various operations to restore peace across the country, adding: “Nigerians need to help and pray for the military because without security we can not even go to sleep, we can not go to our work and even go to worship centres.”

Recall that on Monday, MURIC’s executive director, Prof. Isiaq Akintola, raised an alarm that the Sokoto state government was plotting to depose the Sultan against the backdrop of the Kano Emirate tussle. In a statement, MURIC cited the removal of 15 traditional rulers for various offences.

Prof Akintola further warned that Muslim Ummah in Nigeria would reject and resist any hostile actions against the Sultan, who happened to be the spiritual leader of all Muslims in Nigeria.

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