IT came straight without apologies. And it was a marked departure from the path trodden by the leaders of the region. It was the verdict that the Northern part of the country is responsible for its problems. And the verdict came from one who should know, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar III. Abubakar also stressed that no one could Islamise Nigeria while urging the citizens to ensure they promote national unity.
The Sultan’s position came as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the former Vice Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Convener, Save Nigeria group, Pastor Tunde Bakare and the Primate of all Nigeria (Anglican Communion), the Most Revd. Nicholas Okoh urged the government to tackle the nation’s security challenges and improve the lot of the people.
Abubakar who condemned the activities of Boko Haram in some parts of the North explained that no good Muslim or Christian would be part of the insurgency meant to disintegrate the nation, just as he added that “nobody either Christian or Muslim can impose his religion on the country.”