Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III yesterday called on Nigerian political leaders and the traditional institution to work harmoniously in order to move the nation forward.
Speaking in Sokoto yesterday when General Yakubu Gowon paid him courtesy call at his palace, the Monarch also observed that there was no serious religious conflict during the Military administration of Gowon because the leadership then consulted with the traditional institution for positive results.
The former head of state was in Sokoto to commission some projects executed by the Wamakko administration.
Recalling when Gowon would always consult late Sultan Abubakar in particular and other traditional leaders in general in many national issues, the Sultan said Gowon still had the responsibility of working for the peace of Nigeria.
“You still have the responsibility of working for the peace of this country just like during the war. You have a lot to offer to the country,” Sultan Abubakar said adding: “We must therefore all come together for the development of this country.”
He stressed the importance of prayers, especially as initiated during the Nigerian civil war, adding that in the Sultanate, it still continues.
“During the civil war, special prayer team was set up. That prayer session has not stopped. It is still going on for the peace of this country.”
In his remark, General Gowon recalled the part played by the late Sultan Abubakar in keeping the country united. “I remember the role the late Sultan Abubakar played to keep this country one. The Sultan gave us assistance to move this country forward. In 1974, the Sultan assisted us tremendously, especially in education,” Gowon said.
Meanwhile, the Sultan has called for the allocation of more money to state governments in order to enable them execute meaningful projects that would be of benefit to the people.
He made the call at the commissioning of NYSC permanent orientation camp built at the cost N1.2 billion in Wamakko local government area of the state.
According to the Sultan, “As it is now, a lion share of the Federation Account is being allocated to the centre; and this is unbecoming. More money should be given to the states to enable them execute more developmental projects in order to improve the living standard of Nigerians.”

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