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Sultan urges National Assembly to shun anti-Islam bills


Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’adu Abubakar has urged the National Assembly and state assemblies to shun bills capable of causing religious crisis in the country.

The foremost monarch, the head of Muslims in Nigeria, made the appeal yesterday in Gusau, Zamfara State at the closing ceremony of this year’s state Qur’anic recitation competition organized by the state Quranic Memorisation and Tajweed board.

Abubakar called for consistent vigilance on all bills brought by any group or individuals that could lead to religious controversy.According to the Sultan, Muslims would not accept any law or amendment of some sections of the constitution that contradicts the teachings of the Holy Qur’an.

Abubakar, who was specifically reacting to the recent bill on gender equity that was brought before the National Assembly but was subsequently rejected by the Senate, said the issue of inheritance as contained in the bill was totally opposed to various verses in the Holy Qur’an, and such issues should not be considered and supported by the Muslims lawmakers.

He said Muslims in Nigeria were in large numbers in the country, hence the relevant authorities and stakeholders should be mindful of any issue that could contravene the teaching of the holy book: the Qu’ran and Islamic religion, to ensure a sustainable peace and harmony of all Nigerians.

The Sultan saluted the Nigerian Army and the Federal Government and urged them to be proactive in the anti-terror campaign, commending them for their recent success over Boko Haram by capturing their base in Sambisa Forest.

In his address, the Governor Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar, commended the Sultan over his sterling leadership role among Nigerian Muslims.The governor said the state was committed to working hand in hand with the sultanate towards promoting peace and unity among Muslims and other religions in Nigeria.

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    Is Nigeria a Muslim State? If not why must all Nigerian laws all obey Quoran?

    • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

      Read and understand well before replying. The Sultan is speaking to the Koranic subjects on what their belief teaches, vis-a-vis, their political calling. This is democracy.

      • Emmyoz

        May be bros you should read and understand Olusola b4 you comment……

        • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

          Emmanuel (G-d be with us and not I am G-d) just understand that not all laws which are applicable and acceptable by Christians are in line with Islamic faith and since the Government gives freedom of worship, it also inevitable means freedom of religious legislation.

  • Nwaizu Ikechukwu Bruno

    This has always being the discordant issue in multi-religious sovereignty over the cannon law disposition towards Christianity than Islam. Very sensitive, but must be recognized, accommodated and allowed for its operative beneficiaries.

  • Joe Iwu

    Guardian news, where is my comment on this issue?

  • AZZO

    Very senseless and stupid comment and shame to its author. This is a typical example of religious bigotry in the highest order. Is Nigeria an Islamic country? This is exactly what happened when another leader in previous elections openly advised Islamic adherents not to allow themselves to be ruled by a non-muslim. I hope this one will not in a few years time deny ever making this comment in Zamfara. The religion Islam really worries me. I have never known anything so despicably and violently retrogressive with very dominating attributes and yet described by adherents as a religion of peace.

  • Don Oleri

    It is dangerous affairs when a traditional ruler interfering with the affairs of the nation than to focus on the matters on his locality. Sultan of sokoto etc. You should not interfering on things related to the governance of Nigeria, there are special people or expacts specialized onthat field who knows the value of humanity and freedom, rights, equality and qualities of human beings than your ideas of religous repressive of women etc.
    Nigeria is not a religious state, rules are made by national and local assymbly to protect every one regardless of belief, status etc.