- Sultan of Sokoto, urged the federal government to probe the sources of weapons used by herdsmen
- The monarch says real herdsmen move with their cows and sticks and not guns
- The Sultan praised the federal government’s for combating insurgency in the north-east
Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, says real herdsmen move with their cows and sticks, not guns.
NAIJ.com gathered that the monarch in his Eid-el Fitr message, urged the federal government to probe the sources of weapons used by herdsmen attacking Nigerian communities.
He said: “Real herdsmen do not carry guns; they only move with their cows and sticks.
“There could be bad eggs among the Fulani, but those carrying arms and perpetrating heinous killings are not herdsmen.
“Those carrying arms are criminals and should be treated as such.
“Government should probe the sources of these weapons and take appropriate action so as to minimise these attacks.”
Abubakar commended government’s measures aimed at combating insurgency in the north-east, and cautioned against complacency as the problem was not over.
The sultan urged Nigerians to complement the efforts of the security agencies towards securing the country.
He praised efforts of the federal and Sokoto state governments to restore the “lost glory” of the educational and agricultural sectors, and called on Nigerians to support such efforts.
The sultan urged Muslims to reflect on, and uphold the virtues of the Ramadan fast that included patience, perseverance and brotherliness.
In a previous report by NAIJ.com, the Sultan of Sokoto who also serves as the President-General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), said Sunday June 25 equivalent of Shawwal 1 is Sallah.
PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 new app
Declaring the new moon Saturday night at his Palace in Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar said the new moon was sighted in parts of the country including Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
He therefore called on Muslims all over Nigeria to cease to fast as it is not permitted to fast on Sallah day.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video below of how Ramadan has affected price of items in the market: