Two notable religious leaders in the country, the Sultan of Sokoto, and fiery catholic priest, Rev Fr. Mbaka both preach religious tolerance in Enugu.
His Eminence Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar IV and the charismatic Catholic Priest of Adoration ministries, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, merged in Enugu where they preached religious tolerance across all regions in Nigeria.
The Sultan first delivered his sermon at the reception organized by the Enugu state government in honour of Rangers International Football club of Enugu.
The football club was honored for their recent victory in the Nigerian Professional Football League.
Sultan Abubakar said:
“Islam does not permit anybody to kill in the name of religion. Therefore anybody who kills in the name of religion should be held as a criminal and treated as such.”
The Sultan defended President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that he is not a biased leader who is focused only on some sections of the country.
Rev. Fr. Mbaka, Sultan Advocate Religious Tolerance
He added that his closeness with the President does not portray him as a religious or ethnic bigot.
According to Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar IV, if anybody commits any crime, he should be given his real name.
The Sultan continued:
“It is not possible that Fulani who have lived here for so long can take up arms against their hosts.
“Branding them terrorists will not solve the problem.
“If you kill, you will be killed, anybody that kills in the name of religion is a criminal.
“The solution for us is to come together as one people.
“Any Fulani that kills will not go free. More Muslims have even died in this cause.
Also speaking at the occasion, Father Mbaka said the sultan has done well by honoring the invitation. as a means to bridge the gap between the diverse ethnicity in the country.
According to him, this would serve as a means to bridge the gap between the diverse ethnic gorups in the country.
Father Mbaka said:
“We were biased unnecessarily, we were fighting unnecessarily.
“Sultan has come to build a bridge. Your coming here has succeeded in quenching a looming war.
“Your coming represents peace and unity.”