The Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Sa’ad Abubakar, has said the direction the country is headed, is extremely dangerous especially when the masses have genuine reasons to feel aggrieved since the conduct of this year’s general elections.
Sultan noted that the 2019 elections witnessed a very disturbing trend with religious leaders who ought to be neutral, openly pitching tent with candidates.
He stressed: “We that are religious leaders, have to be careful of what we tell our followers because most of them are not educated and will take whatever you say as true.
“I have been an observer of the election over the years and have never declared support for any candidate. As a religious leader, I have never asked Imams or Muslims preachers to preach against anybody or in support of any as well,” he asserted
“We should ask ourselves why have things changed that way? Is it because of the greed of our religious leaders who collect monies to preach their support for a particular candidate? Let’s try to discourage that, because the religion preaches love for all.
“So let’s begin to plan on how to ensure peace and peaceful coexistence before, during and after the general elections.
He tasked religious leaders: “I want you to go back to your closet and ask yourself what you have done in using your influence to preach to people on the need for peace and allow the will of God to prevail.
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