Sultan of Sokoto State, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar IV said Christians and followers of other religion commits more hideous crimes against humanity despite not being attributed to terrorism.
The Sultan who spoke during the General Assembly and Executive National Council Meeting of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), also hailed Pope Francis for making a very strong statement defending Islam as a religion of peace.
According to his statements on bad elements in Islam, Abubakar said:
“Those bad people among us, like in other religions, we should pick them out and teach them the tenets of Islam. If they refuse to change, that is their own problem. We will meet with the creator on the judgement day.”
He pointed out that in any society, there are so many terribly bad people who are not Muslims but carry out criminal activities with some Muslim organisations in America, France and even in Nigeria.
“Those people doing negative things should be called criminals or terrorists but not Muslims.
“I’ve never heard of Christian terrorists but we have heard of so many Christians or followers of other religions who committed heinous crimes against humanity.
“But they didn’t claim to do it for their religions and we did not hold them against their religions.”
As regards to the controversial authorization on hijab, Abubakar said, it is the rights of the Muslims, and not a privilege.
“Hijab is our right not a privilege. It is not a favour to us. It is our right. And we hold on to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that guarantees freedom of worship.
“That is why we don’t disturb anybody who wants to go and worship the way he wants.”
Speaking further to the council, the Sultan pointed out that “Nigeria is a multi religious state, and being a multi-religious state, we must allow the various religions to go on but we must not trample on each other’s right which means I must be allowed to practice my religion the way I believe as ordered me by the Holy Quran and nothing else.”
“So when we get this done, the issue of hijab and so many other things affecting Islam, I believe is our right, not a privilege, unless the Constitution is changed.”