The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to seek repentance from God to get out of current economic recession.
The monarch, who marked 10 years of his reign on Wednesday, said the recession being experienced in several countries of the world is ordained by God.
The Sultan said, during the distribution of items to 270 widows, orphans and other less-privileged persons, that:
“The only solution to this is for us to show piety and repent. It is ordained by God. So, Nigerians should seek for repentance from God.”
He urged Christians and Muslims alike to use their respective Holy Scriptures as a guide for living their lives. He also urged governments at all levels to take effective measures to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians.
The monarch, who is one of the most respected in the country for his key role in ensuring peace and stability of Nigeria, recently slammed Igbo leaders over accusation that President Mohammadu Buhari’s led administration was plotting an Islamisation agenda for Nigeria.
The monarch said he was worried that people who were supposed to be elder statesmen were busy making provocative comments. He had said while speaking in Kaduna during a two-day summit organised by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), last month:
“I am always worried when Nigerians who are supposed to be elder statesmen make provocative comments about this government trying to Islamise Nigeria.
“I keep on asking, how? How do you Islamise a country like Nigeria that is probably 80 million Muslims, but we agreed that we are 50-50.
“Are you going to invite America? Somebody so naive even said the visit of the US Secretary of State was to strengthen the Islamisation of programme of the leadership of the country.”
Sa’ad Abubakar III is the 20th Sultan to bear the titular ruler of Sokoto. He succeeded his brother, Muhammadu Maccido, and they are both sons to the 17th Sultan.