There Won’t Be War In Nigeria, Says Sultan

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The Sultan of Sokoto and co-Chair of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, says the country will not go to war again despite agitations for disintegration from different quar­ters.

The Sultan, who spoke at the Sec­ond Quarterly Meeting of NIREC in Abuja, on Wednesday, said he would always advocate for dialogue as a way to achieve peace.

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“People have been talking about war; there will not be war in Nigeria, who is going to fight who? In families we have Christians and Muslims, you have ethnic nationalities in your country, you have inter-married. ­

“So, all this noise people are making is trying to draw atten­tion to what they can get out of this country and if you look at them, they are in the minority.

“In this country, there are excellent people that mean well for the common man and humanity and that is what God created us to do”, he said.

The Sultan said he re­mained a believer in dialogue which his religion has advo­cated.

“So, let’s continue to work together, let’s continue to sit together, let’s continue to di­alogue, I am a total believer in dialogue and nothing will change my mind because my religion teaches me to always dialogue.

”And I believe no problem is too big to be resolved when we sit down and talk, because even wars are fought to bring peace but if you know you can bring peace without fighting war, then why do you have to take up arms.

“Peace is the most import­ant aspect of our lives because without peace we can not even worship,” he said.

Abubakar, however, ac­knowledged that things were bad in the country, as insecu­rity had adversely affected the country’s growth.

“It is a very trying time for our country Nigeria for so many reasons, most notably insecurity which does not al­low anybody to do what he or she wants and at the time and place he or she wants.

The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Samson Ayokunle, said in­security had paralysed activi­ties across the country.

Ayokunle, who is also the Co-Chairman of NIREC, not­ed that food security had been threatened as farmers were be­ing killed by bandits in their farms.

“Many things are not right with the nation, the most challenging one today being insecurity which has almost paralysed all human activi­ties apart from the havoc the restrictive COVID-19 brought.”