Monday, January 12, 2015

Nigeria: Sultan calls for violence-free elections

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, on Sunday called on Nigerians to shun violence to ensure peaceful conduct of the general elections.

Mr. Abubakar said this at a special convention and launch of AT-Tajdid Newspaper and Islamic centre.

He said that the desire of Nigerians to conduct free, fair, and credible elections would only be possible in peaceful atmosphere.

Mr. Abubakar called on Islamic clerics to sensitise their followers on what the entire society stood to benefit in peaceful atmosphere.

“There is no religion that preaches violence, hence the need for Nigerians to work hard in ensuring peaceful conducts of all electoral processes,” he said.

He described the gathering as a great achievement in the history of Islamic affairs in the world.

He said that the Sultanate would partner the newspaper to sensitise Nigerians on what Islamic religion is all about.

Mr. Abubakar advised that the paper should be used to promote the good moral teachings of past leaders.

Speaking earlier, Governor Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State advised the newspaper to come out with programmes to educate Nigerians on importance of religious tolerance.

He commended members of the Jama-tul Tajdudil Islam, JTI, for continued support in the promotion of Islamic activities.

He also called on Islamic scholars to educate their followers on the need to participate in the forthcoming general elections.

About N93 million was realised at the launching with Sokoto State Government donating N25 million and Zamfara State Government N3.5 million.


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