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Sultan seeks better deal for minorities

By Muyiwa Adeyemi (Head South West Bureau Ado Ekiti)   |   17 October 2016   |   4:24 am
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has advocated better treatment of minorities to have a just, equitable and peaceful society.

He also urged the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria to continue to live in unity saying, “The strength of any group of human beings anywhere in the world is unity and not disunity.”

The monarch, who is also the President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) made the call on Saturday at the fundraising and foundation laying ceremony of the mosque in the palace of the Attah of Aiyede Ekiti, Oba Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi.

The ceremony was witnessed by dignitaries including Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who was represented, House of Representatives member representing Oye/Ikole Federal Constituency, Kehinde Agboola, President, League of Imams and Alfas in Southwest, Edo and Delta States, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello and many traditional rulers.

The monarch, represented by NSCIA Deputy President, Alhaji Sakariyau Babalola, said the event was significant because “this is the first time a Muslim Oba is on the throne and on ground in this city of Muslim minority to receive and play host to the leader of the Nigerian Muslim Ummah.”
Alhaji Babalola made a personal donation of N2 million in support of the project.

While congratulating the Attah and the people of Aiyede for the historic event, the Sultan urged them to cooperate with the Oba in ensuring that peace and harmony reign in the town.

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