The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has stated that the inauguration of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmad Tinubu remains sacrosanct and nobody can stop it. The Sultan who spoke on Wednesday in Abuja at a roundtable engagement with traditional and religious rulers organized by the World Bank, said instead of trying to truncate the inauguration, Nigerians should rather pray for Tinubu’s administration to succeed.
The Sultan urged attendees not to neglect the advocacy for ending child marriage and addressing other obstacles to the growth and well-being of girls within their respective communities.
In his words, “There must be change because in the next few days or weeks there will be a new government, what can we contribute to that government to stabilize?
“Whether anybody likes it, it must take place, a new government is coming on 29 May, so what can we do besides prayers because we believe in Almighty, we believe in God that gives and takes.
“After that so what? What do we do to help the government stabilize and move the country forward?”
He added, “Of course, our health care system, you know what it is, if a big man has a headache, he goes to London to take Panadol and comes back, it is a fact. So many of our governors built so many clinics, nothing is there but littered with rats but in the books, you have built 1,000 clinics in your state, it is a fact. These are things we are seeing.”
The Sultan said, “I am not mentioning anybody but giving a general view, so let no governor come and pick me and say Sultan has criticized me. I am not criticizing anybody. I am making a critique which is different from criticizing, so people should know that. You can critique an issue so that people will be better. We don’t criticize anybody because we have access to these people to sit down one on one, that is what we have been doing.”