The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Saad Abubakar, says Nigeria is drifting away from the normal, adding that food scarcity is causing insecurity.
The Sultan, who stated that a hungry man was an angry man, spoke on Thursday in Gombe State during the third National Summit of Peaceful Co-existence and Nation-building, with the theme, ‘Peaceful Co-existence Social Cohesion and National Development,’ organized by Da’wah Coordination Council of Nigeria.
Also speaking, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, who was represented at the event by Rev. Father Joseph Shinga said, “Nigeria is going through turbulent times; in terms of social integration and cohesion. The suspicion here and there, religious bigotry, and sentiments are on the rise. We need to co-exist in peace.”
On his part, the Gombe State Governor Muhammadu Yahaya, who agreed with the Sultan, said, “I attribute three-quarters of the failure of the system to the leadership. The ordinary man to has his own problem; the problem will be there until we tell ourselves the brutal truth and face it head-on in order to solve the problem.”
Earlier, during a courtesy visit to the Gombe State governor at the Government House, the Sultan charged political leaders to be fair and just in whatever they do.
The Sultan however noted the annual Islamic conference was meant to bring out the message of peace, stability, peaceful co-existence to Muslims and other believers in the country.