The Sultan, while speaking in Kaduna during a two-day summit organised by the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), the monarch said he was worried that people who were supposed to be elder statesmen were busy making provocative comments.
“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.”
He admitted that the herdsmen crisis in the country was a challenge, but stressed it is wrong to associate it to an Islamic agenda.
Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar III, advised the people to concentrate on finding solutions to problems rather than exploiting situations.
Speaking further on the issue of the herdsmen, the sultan said:
“The problem with herdsmen and farmers is purely about the economy. The herdsman wants food for his cattle, the farmer wants his farm produce to feed his family.
“We have tried to broker peace with Fulanis and Tivs in Nasarawa and Benue states. I have been to Makurdi four times for such meetings.
“There are things that have been wrong with us as northerners, as leaders, as Christians, as Muslims. It’s a big problem for all of us and we are very worried that things like this are happening.
“So, people should stop making this noise about Islamisation and herdsmen being used to Islamise the country and so many negative things.”
Renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze had last week raised an alarm that Islamisation of Nigeria was real.
Nwabueze who disclosed this during a meeting of Igbo Leaders of Thought in Enugu, said in spite of the provision of the constitution, Buhari had a grand plan to Islamise the country through the dominance of Muslims in leadership positions, especially in Nigeria’s security outfits.